In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide. A Paris pathologist ordered a plaster death mask of her face.  Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students have practiced CPR. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”

In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide. A Paris pathologist ordered a plaster death mask of her face. Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students have practiced CPR. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”

The Real Face of George Washington: Front View. Life mask made in 1785 by French sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon when Washington was 53 years old.

The Real Face of George Washington: Front View. Life mask made in 1785 by French sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon when Washington was 53 years old.

History of Leith, Edinburgh » The Death Mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, amazing to see her actual face

History of Leith, Edinburgh » The Death Mask of Mary, Queen of Scots, amazing to see her actual face

In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.    In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty. The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mouleur, who...

In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face. In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty. The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mouleur, who...

Death Mask of Nikola Tesla made by Hugo Gernsback, editor of ...

Death Mask of Nikola Tesla made by Hugo Gernsback, editor of ...

death mask of Mozart. "Wolfie" was much more attractive than the paintings of him.

death mask of Mozart. "Wolfie" was much more attractive than the paintings of him.

Jesse James Death Mask.  Jesse Woodson James (Outlaw) 1847-1882 Well known figure of the Wild West

Jesse James Death Mask. Jesse Woodson James (Outlaw) 1847-1882 Well known figure of the Wild West

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