Look at this statue and tell me what you see.
If you thought, “JESUS CHRIST! THOSE BABIES JUST BEHEADED A DUDE!!” then you are not alone.
It turns out that it is an allegorical representation of painting and sculpture, by Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert, a Flemish sculptor well known for having far too many first names. The problem with allegorizing sculpture in a sculpture is that you can’t tell what is supposed to be the sculpture-in-sculpture. It doesn’t help that the product is not, say, a full human form, or even a bust. Who sculpts a decapitated head by itself?
That expression suggests the terror of one about to meet his maker. Although in this case, I suppose that’s not far off. I would be terrified to learn my maker was a kid with a hammer poised over my skull, too.