Ptolemy 1st Soter, King of Egypt at The Louvre, Parismyminifactory.com
Ptolemy I Soter I (i.e. Ptolemy (the Savior)), also known as Ptolemy Lagides, c. 367 BC – c. 283 BC, was a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, who became ruler of Egypt (323–283 BC) and founder of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and dynasty. In 305/4 BC he demanded the title of pharaoh.
Marble Head of a Hellenisitic Ruler at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Yorkmyminifactory.com
The flat fillet worn by this young man is an insignium of kingship. He has been identified as one of the Macedonian Greek kings who rules the new kingdoms formed in the lands that Alexander the Great had conquered in the late fourth century B.C. The head was once part of the collection of antiquities formed in the early seventeenth century in Rome by the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani.
Lucie Rie at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwichmyminifactory.com
Lucie Rie was born in 1902 in Vienna, where she studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule under Michael Powolny from 1922 to 1926. In 1938 she moved to London, where she lived from 1939 in Albion Mews. After the war she opened a pottery and button-making workshop where she was joined in 1946 by Hans Coper.
Bach at The Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Parismyminifactory.com
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.
Livia at The Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Parismyminifactory.com
This portrait of Livia, wife of Augustus, belongs to the tradition of Roman Republican portraiture and illustrates the classicizing style that triumphed during the reign of Augustus. This official portrait served the propaganda of the essentially monarchist regime installed during the late first century BC under cover of a restoration of the Republic (59-27 BC). Judging by the material - basanite - it dates from Octavian's victory over Mark Anthony and Cleopatra at Actium in 31 BC.
Louis-Philippe at The Louvre, Parismyminifactory.com
This marble sculpture, signed and dated in 1834, was made by Jean-Jacques (James) Pradier (Geneva, 1790 - Paris, 1852). It depicts Louis-Philippe (1773-1850), the King of France between 1830 and 1848. Living in the Palace of Tuilieries nearby to the Louvre, the King became incredibly interested in the museum, where he installed his collection of Spanish antiquities.
Sir Cedric Morris at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwichmyminifactory.com
Welsh painter and horticulturist. He was a self-taught painter but attended the académies libres in Paris as a young man. He was a member of the art communities of Newlyn in Cornwall (1919–20), Paris (1921–6) and London (1926–39). Although he had experimented with abstraction c. 1922, he resigned from the society when it moved away from representation. Between 1937 and c.1975 Morris and Lett-Haines directed the distinctly non-academic East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing; in 1940 the school was moved to Morris's home at Benton End, Hadleigh, Suffolk, where he also cultivated a garden and bred irises.
Noble Roman Roman at The Royal Ontario Museum, Ontariomyminifactory.com
This marble head was created around AD 150-200. The sculpture might portray Lucilla, the eldest daughter of the Co-Emperor Marcus Aurelius (ruled AD 161-180) and his wife Faustina the Younger. Lucilla married Lucius Verus in AD164. Alternatively it could be a portrait of Julia Domna, wife of the Emperor Septimius Severus (ruled AD 193-211)
Leif Erikson Bust at the Leif Erikson Hall, Seattlemyminifactory.com
Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson was an explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.
Hercules at The Royal Ontario Museum, Ontariomyminifactory.com
This marble bust depicts the head of a young Hercules, produced in Rome after a Greek work of about 340 BC. This head is of the same type as on the 'Lansdowne Herakles', a statue attributes to the Greek sculptor Skopas. A number of Roman copies exist of this statue or of the head alone exist. The complete herm would have consisted of a 4-cornered pillar topped by the head.