This bust of Christ, Son of Man, was made by Max Bachmann (German/American 1862 - 1921) for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1892, where it showed along works by Daniel Chester French (i.e. sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial) and Augustus Saint-Guadens. Born in and trained in Germany, Bachmann moved to New York in the 1880s, where he distinguished himself as a portrait sculptor. He worked with the Pulitzer family to create the lobby in their New York Headquarters. During his lifetime, Bachmann was famous for two version of President Abraham Lincoln — one with and another without his beard — that are still reproduced in monuments today. Later, he served as an instructor at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, where he made this work, Son of Man. The plaster of the statue was missing for more than 100 years, and only recently rediscovered. This posthumous casting was made from that plaster.
Commentary by Rabii Mark Robinson on the “Son of Man”
Son of man is used no less than 192 times in the entire Bible – 108 times in the Old Testament and 84 times in the New Testament. It is used in the book of Ezekiel 93 times speaking of Ezekiel. It is used of mankind in general 13 times in the Old Testament. In Daniel 8:17 it is used of Daniel. The one additional time it is used in the Old Testament is in Daniel 7:13 where the term is a reference to the future Messianic King and Judge… …As the Son of Man, Jesus identifies with humanity in His suffering. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Is this not the ultimate purpose in the first coming of the Messiah? Did He not come to die for the sins of the world? This verse tells us that the Son of Man came to suffer and die for sins. (Source: https://www.jewishawareness.org/the-son-of-man/)
Originally sculpted in 1892 and posthumous casting from 2022.