Lincoln facial mask
Left: Volk mask and hands of ; right: Mills mask of uses the Volk mask for Lincoln it is the most reliable document of the Lincoln face, and far more.
Two Life Masks of Abraham Lincoln…And His Hands Too!
Abraham Lincoln Life Mask by Clark Mills, | National Museum of American History
Description:In a dark room the patina will appear dark and aged but under light the incredible golden brown patina will be revealed. Ah, countless wonders, brought from every zone, Not all your wealth could turn the heart away From that one semblance of our common clay, The brow whereon the precious life long flown, Leaving a homely glory all its own, Seems still to linger, with a mournful play Of light and shadow! The lines are set, as if the living face, like the copy, had been in bronze; the nose is thin, and lengthened by the emaciation of the cheeks; the mouth is fixed like that of an archaic statue; a look as of one on whom sorrow and care had done their worst without victory is on all the features; the whole expression is of unspeakable sadness and all-sufficing strength. When the plaster had hardened he broke apart the original one time mold and saw a perfect casting of Lincoln's face and head. Through the years, almost every artist and painter attempting to capture Lincoln's elusive image has referenced Volk's mask. Masks have been used for hundreds of years by sculptors and painters as stand ins for subjects who were unavailable. They shook hands and Volk said, "I am the first man from Chicago, I believe, who has the honor of congratulating you on your nomination for President.