The Real Profile Face of James Madison - Life Mask Reconstruction

The Real Profile Face of James Madison - Life Mask Reconstruction

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What did James Madison Look Like?

This is my 2nd reconstruction of the life mask of James Madison. Along with his front-facing life mask, we now get to see his facial profile.

The life mask of Madison’s head and upper torso was cast by John Henri Isaac Browere in 1825.

J. I. Browere’s “work achieved a stark realism uncommon in that day. His plaster busts showed the age-lined brow, the pock-marked face; his subjects appeared as they were, not as artists generally portrayed them. His life masks were, and remain, the most authentic likenesses of some historic figures who lived in a day before photography provided more easily obtained but similarly uncompromising portraits.”1

James Madison

James Madison life mask by J.I. Browere. Source: James Madison, 1825, John Henri Isaac Browere (1790-1834), Plaster, H: 28.5 x W: 21 x D: 11.5 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Stephen C. Clark, N0244.1940. Photograph by Richard Walker. Used By Permission

James Madison

Photoshop reconstruction of James Madison's life mask.

James Madison

1) Front-Facing life mask Photoshop reconstruction 2) 1833 Painting of James Madison by Asher Durand 3) Profile life mask Photoshop reconstruction


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Sources & References:
1 Charles Henry Hart. “The Project Gutenberg EBook of Browere’s Life Masks of Great Americans” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/51890/51890-h/51890-h.htm
2 Patrick Feaster. “Averaged Portraits of U. S. Presidents, 1789-1829” Griffonage-Dot-Com https://griffonagedotcom.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/averaged-portraits-of-u-s-presidents-1789-1829/

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