Life and death masks

The life of John Keats the man: his family, his friends, and his contemporaries.

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Postby Malia » Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:20 pm

Hi Voltaire :) By "there" I guess you mean Rome, right? The death mask was made in Rome and depicts how Keats looked when he died there, so I can see how it would make sense for it to remain there. . .I don't believe it is the original death mask, though, but a copy. Wasn't the original lost a long time ago? Again, I'm not sure if we have the original life mask, either. But it would be nice to at least have copies of them on display in London and in Rome.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:27 am

I think there are multiple copies of both the life and death masks floating around, as I've seen them in multiple places: Rome, the Lake District (on loan for an exhibit at Wordsworth's Dove Cottage), and I believe at the NPG last I was there. . . and this all within a space of less than two years. So Rome really isn't the only city that lays claim to a Keats life and/or death mask.
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