On Haydn’s Death Mask

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March
2011

Not long after Joseph Haydn passed away, a cast was made of his face.

I’ve been looking at a the picture below for a while now and his expression strikes me as extraordinary.

Unlike the death masks of Beethoven (cadaverous), Schubert (in pain?), or even Wagner (surprised?), Haydn looks as if he’s taking a nap, appearing to be in a state of bliss more than anything else.

In other words, he doesn’t look dead.

Learn more: Death masks of historic figures (Undying Faces)

Haydn's Death Mask (photo: Walter A. Aue)

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