Snapshots of Death: 20 Death Masks of Famous Historical Figures

According to Wikipedia, a death mask is:

... a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits.

Whatever the purpose of a death mask is, they also provide fascinating insight into what our sometimes fabled historical heroes (and villains) looked like.

Click on to see photos from the fascinating world of death masks, including Benjamin Franklin, John Dillinger, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and more! Above is Abraham Lincoln's death mask.