Wolfgang Hugo Rheinhold was a German philosopher who only developed into a Neo-classical sculptor later on in life.
The small, bronze sculpture ‘Monkey with skull’ attracted a great deal of attention at the Berlin Art Exhibition in 1893. It was Rheinhold’s first sculpture as a professional sculptor and was immediate commercial success.
The Berlin bronze foundry H. Gladenbeck & Sohn marketed various versions of the adorable monkey.
A copy even graced the Nikolai Lenin's desk at the Kremlin from 1922 onwards.
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