The Unseen Eye; W. M. Hunt. Thames and Hudson, 1994.
from left to right:
Male life mask
Life mask of Beethoven
Life mask of William Blake
I was at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh yesterday and in the library they had a few cabinets full of death masks. There was Keats (aquiline nose, stretched cheekbones), Mendelsohn (nondescript), and a few anonymous ones that have stuck in my mind - one titled ‘idiot woman’ and another ‘insane man’. Tiny, shrunken heads, lopsided mouths, faces startled and perplexed. I wonder what kind of life they could have had.