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Legend has it that 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 cathedral in the Spanish city of Salamanca was constructed in 1102, and is therefore one of the oldest such constructions in the world. It features magnificent stone carvings on all its walls, but one of them is a bit more special than the others. It bears the depiction of what appears to be a fully dressed astronaut in a space suit, complete with details such as the sole of his shoes. Nobody knows how he got there, or what a 20th century astronaut is doing on the walls of a 12th c. church.
Stone Neolithic Anthropomorphic "Idol" | 3500 BC | Anatolian, Mesopotamian. Stylistically, one should notice that the body of this woman is sculpted entirely in the round, which is rather unusual in Neolithic sculpture where the contrast between the lower part of the body, heavy and rounded, and the chest, thinner and less voluminous, was the rule.