Images of the Artist (November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 15, 2011 to February 12, 2012
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum West Pavilion, Gallery W103
Self-Portrait as Midas (also called the Sleeping Faun)
Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, 1855 - 1894)
34.5 x 34 x 23.5 cm (13 9/16 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
The unusual feature of donkey's ears provides the clue to the identity of this disembodied head of an older man, with closed eyes and tilted to the side. He represents the mythological King Midas, a figure of legendary foolishness best known for a magical touch that turned all objects to gold. According to
Jean-Joseph Carriès left the head oddly truncated, resting not on a torso nor even on a neck but rather on a
Carriès formed this head, one of his most celebrated works, with plaster in a many-pieced mold. He then shellacked it to give it a