In the past, it was customary for casts to be made of the faces of royalty, artists, or other famous people immediately after their death. These casts are called death masks – and luckily for us, there is both and death mask AND a life mask of the poet John Keats! The picture featured here is John Keats’s life mask. I like the slight smirk that he’s wearing – it gives us a glimpse of his playful personality.
There are death masks of various other historically important people as well, including Abraham Lincoln, and James Joyce. Follow the photo-link to see more death and life masks.