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Man Ray & Modigliani’s Death Mask

How Man Ray's "Death Mask" becomes not only an homage to a man's life but also to the interconnected nature of creation and death

Man Ray (1890-1976) was the South Philadelphia-born artist who, after making a break for Europe, became one of the fathers of Dadaism in Paris’s creative hub. Meanwhile, the Italian Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) added to his oeuvre of modern paintings … Continue reading

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Behind Death Masks: A History of How a Funeral Decoration Transformed Into a Tool to Improve Lives

The ancient funerary art of death masks allows us to look through the eyes of our ancestors

The practice of creating death masks to remember those who have passed is a ritual that can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Rome. The most recognizable death mask comes from the tomb of Tutankhamun himself. The likeness of … Continue reading

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Richard Carter’s Post-Mortem Cast “Troy Simon Burdine II”

The History of Death Masks

Troy Simon Burdine II was a casualty of the AIDS epidemic, so rife in the Bay Area during the nineties. Moribund after years of fighting the virus, he petitioned his friend Richard Carter to cast his full body after death. … Continue reading

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