Perspectives Art Explained

How the details of this bust revealed its subject—a forgotten world leader

Aug 8, 2013 2 MINUTES
"It was a great mystery: who he is, who made it."

Curator Wolfram Koeppe on a sculpture of Alexander Danilovich Menshikov by an unknown artist.

Explore this object:

Throughout 2013, The Met invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world.

Photography by Mark Morosse

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No 2: The Old Castle (II vechio castello) and No 4: Bydlo (A Polish Ox-cart)
from Pictures from an Exhibition by Musorgsky played by Nikolai Demidenko
courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd, London (

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