(Project „FacingDeath 2018“, 102 death masks of consecutive ages 1-101. Silicate bronze, patinated. Female 94)
We’re bang in the middle of Piccadilly, pop in and say hello some time.
We have books; and books; and prints; film posters; travel posters; maps; the occasional manuscript letter; ephemera; and various oddities including a fine Russian-made giant shell case from 1918, beautifully decorated in Arabic; and, to the right of this photo, the death mask of a very important literary figure.
Anyone guess who?
For the lovers of all things macabre: a very rare French early 19th century death mask. These macabre masks were realised in plaster and were actual moulds taken from the body before the advent of photography. Sometimes they would be taken of famous individuals to maintain a record of their faces after death in order to continue depicting them accurately but most commonly, during the 18th and 19th centuries masks were also used to permanently record the features of unknown corpses for the purposes of identification. This function was later replaced by post-mortem photography • For more information please visit www.alessiolorenzi.com •
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Death mask of Beethoven (copy).
„The largest portion of our life passes while we are doing ill, a goodly share while we are doing nothing, and the whole while we are doing that which is not to the purpose.“ (Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, Letters to Lucilius, letter 1, On saving time) ____________________________________________________ (Project FacingDeath, 102 death masks of consecutive ages 1-101, silicate bronze, patinated, male 73, 22 x 27 x 16 cm)