December 4, 2007

The Drowned Mona Lisa

 Inconnue De La Seine

Enchanted by the beauty of the corpse and her enigmatic smile, a morgue worker made a cast of her face and copies were soon all over Paris.

She became  "became the erotic ideal of the period, as Bardot was for the 1950s" and inspired a remarkable number of literary works.
Inconnue de la Seine

via The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kirscher Society

What struck me was that the Paris morgue had thousands of visitors every day as the identification of anonymous corpses became

a spectacle […] – in the French double sense of theater and grand display"

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