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New York circa 1908. Making a plaster death mask
The making of a death mask is a messy business – literally. They are difficult to make and the best position for the corpse is not lying down but sat up (as you can see in the picture). The shift from sculpture to masks came about in the Middle Ages when the art of waxwork and plaster casting became more sophisticated. The tradition evolved from royalty to eminent people and continues to this day.
By using these masks, forensic-science and anthropology experts will delve into the real person behind the famous faces.
Every facial line, wrinkle and expression tells a story.
According to the “History Channel’s” website, using high-tech facial-reconstruction techniques and 3D imprint will render an exact replica of features. This will produce an intimate look at how their characteristics affected their lives.
The show will attempt to solve some of the persistent mysteries surrounding historic figures such as; Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon and George Washington.
Faces…and facts…fleshed out from the grave. Unprecedented technology brings to life extraordinary mirror images and powerful last impressions of history’s most powerful men. Every line, every wrinkle, every expression tells a story. Forensic-science and anthropology experts have identified that history’s most relevant figures left behind highly-detailed casts of their faces, created at their moment of death, to preserve their souls and physical memory for eternity.
George Washington life mask, from the original Houdon statue, 1785
Using advanced facial-reconstruction techniques and 3-D imprint detailing, these death masks render an exact replica of every feature, and an intimate look at how their characteristics affected their lives. Includes startling new insights into the persistent mysteries surrounding these historic icons like Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon and George Washington, and just may reveal some secrets these men preferred to conceal.
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More Information on Life or Death Masks
Undying Faces® Death Masks – Life Masks
Curiouse Expeditions, Death Masks – Kegyeleti Museum, Hungary
Death Mask Tuesdays
Laurence Hutton Collection of Death Masks
Wikipedia “Death Mask” Entry
AbbeyCarr Blog: President Lincoln