Life Mask: John Keats

Life Mask: John Keats

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.


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