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.

Different Hairstyles

Here we see how Madison might have styled his hair. From his various paintings, we know he usually had protruding side hair. The first image shows him with protruding side hair. The second image shows him with the side hair trimmed.

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James Madison hair styles, 1. Protruding side hair 2. Trimmed side hair 3. No comb over

The third image shows Madison without his “widow’s peak ” comb-over. In all of his paintings, we see him sporting this comb-over. Perhaps on days when he was not in public and hanging around the house, he might not have bothered to do the comb-over. Variations of Paintings Below are several of the known paintings of Madison. From what I see, artists were all over the place. Some of these images look nothing like Madison.
James Madison

Source: Griffonage-Dot-Com2

Using Madison’s life mask and comparing it with known portraits, Asher Durand’s 1833 painting appears to be the most faithful likeness of Madison, at least in his later years.
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1) Front-Facing life mask Photoshop reconstruction 2) 1833 Painting of James Madison by Asher Durand 3) Profile life mask Photoshop reconstruction


James Madison life mask reconstruction video

See the time-lapse reconstruction of Madison’s life mask, facial animations, a new enhanced view of his face, as well as how he might have appeared in daguerreotypes.


James Madison Life Mask Facial Animations


Archival Quality Giclée James Madison Prints

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The Real Face of James Madison

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James Madison Profile

The Real Profile Face of James Madison

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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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