This is a remarkable book that discusses, from a series of different perspectives, the cultural metamorphoses of the death-mask of the ‘Inconnue de la Seine’, an unknown girl who supposedly drowned herself in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, and who, due to her great beauty, became the object of a mask whose features have captivated artists and writers from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Anne-Gaëlle Saliot approaches this topic as a commodified, cultural, artistic, and essential mobile object, charting its representation in art, literature, and critical discourse, and drawing upon the writings of Walter Benjamin, in his conception of the art of collecting, and also on Aby Warburg and Jacques Rancière in their emphasis on the materiality of history....

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