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. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”
Late Qing: The Empress Dowager Cixi rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in China, in a reign that lasted 47 years – from 1861 to 1908. Seen here as a young woman, Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir. After the death of the Emperor, Cixi ruled through her son, who was only five years old when his father died. Then, when the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through him.
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. Life Mask shows Washington as he really appeared in life without the personal or subjective interpretations of the many artists, painters and sculptors whom through the years recorded Our First President's likeness.
Evelyn Nesbit The woman that caused a scandal . She garnered the attention of the then 47-year-old architect and New York socialite Stanford White, who became her lover and dedicated benefactor. Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her jealous husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call “The Trial of the Century"
This memento mori photo contains not a single deceased person, yet it feels more powerful than many of the post mortem images The stark simplicity is breathtaking. And that little boy’s determined face, wearing his father’s uniform cap
The haunting portrait of an Armenia woman with tattoos on her face, indicates that she was ‘owned’ by someone as a forced wife and sex-slave during the years of the Armenian Genocide. "Grandma’s Tattoos" unveils the story of the Armenian women driven out of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War-Armenian Genocide.