l’Inconnue par Man Ray

The famous photographer exponent of the surrealist movement Man Ray was particularly inspired by the portrait of the Unknown Girl from the Seine. In 1966 he made a series of photography as an illustrative apparatus for the novel Aurélien by Louis Aragon . The subject of the photographs, now preserved as original negatives at the Center...

the Man who Discovered the Pompeians

During excavations on the archaeological site of Pompeii in 1865, they thought to get a cast from the impression left in ashes by a wood door. From that day there were several others tempted like this but all with poor results. Other attempts were made before in 1831 in order to take human plaster casts...

Get the Face Back

Sometimes art meets life in a much deeper way. Some artists have done great things but have not received the right contribution during the decades.One of the was the american sculptress Anna Coleman Ladd. Anna was inspired to offer her talent as an artist to help world war I soldiers in France after reading an article...

Tale of the First Life-Size Blue Whale’s Cast

Lucas [top whale] and Scollick [third from left] preparing the cast of the blue whale's body, July 1903.
Image courtesy of the National Museum of Natural History

In May 1903 the chief osteologist Frederic A. Lucas with two assistants, William Palmer (chief Taxidermist) and J. W. Scollick (osteological preparatory), were dispatched by Dr. Frederic W. True, Head Curator of...

Man Ray – an-other Body

Man Ray (Emmanuel Rudzitsky 1890–1976) famous american surrealist-dada painter and photographer used to employ plaster casts in his art compositions by transforming their objective meaning. Never oversimplifying, but researching into the cast a symbolic element to use as a personal media of expression. The body of Venus becomes inanimate in plaster, and returns a body bringing it...