Head of a Faun

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Cast of a head in Bargello Museum until 1944, once attributed as Michelangelo's Head of a Faun

Head of a faun is a lost sculpture by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo, dating from c. 1489. His first known work of sculpture in marble, it was sculpted when he was 15 or 16 as a copy of an antique work with some minor alterations. According to Giorgio Vasari's biography of the artist, it was the creation of this work that secured the young Michaelangelo the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici.


  • Artists Life — Michelangelo, page 14,15 — Enrica Crispino, 2001, Giunti Editore.
  • The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, page 23 — John Addington Symonds, BiblioBazaar.
  • Michael Angelo: Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists, Fordham University

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Cesare zocchi, michelangelo fanciullo che scolpisce la testa del fauno, 1890 ca., 03.JPG