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Detail van een beeld van Ursula gemaakt door Meester van de Utrechtse Stenen Vrouwenkop, ca. 1530, gepolychromeerd eikenhout.  Foto Museum Catharijneconvent

Detail van een beeld van Ursula gemaakt door Meester van de Utrechtse Stenen Vrouwenkop, ca. 1530, gepolychromeerd eikenhout. Foto Museum Catharijneconvent

Not simply an artistic sculpture, this clearly captures the human oddity charm. Photo by Patricia Broothaers

Not simply an artistic sculpture, this clearly captures the human oddity charm. Photo by Patricia Broothaers

‘Curved bust’, 1909 – Rik Wouters, Belgian artist | plaster |Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België.

‘Curved bust’, 1909 – Rik Wouters, Belgian artist | plaster |Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België.

Niccolò dell’Arca - Compianto sul Cristo morto, Chiesa di Santa Maria della vita, Bologna    Terracotta, between 1460/1490

Niccolò dell’Arca - Compianto sul Cristo morto, Chiesa di Santa Maria della vita, Bologna Terracotta, between 1460/1490

Hans Leinberger, Saint Stephen (Bayern, ca. 1525-30, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Hans Leinberger, Saint Stephen (Bayern, ca. Metropolitan Museum of Art…

Reliquary Bust of Saint Barbara, Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca. 1462–died 1473 Vienna)

Reliquary Bust of Saint Barbara, Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca.

Marino Marini Bust of Igor Stravinsky (1951)

The 10 best busts in art – in pictures

On the eve of her debut sculpture exhibition, fashion designer turned artist Nicole Farhi chooses her favourite portraits of heads