NPG acquires Tracey’s ‘death mask’

The National Portrait Gallery has bought Tracey Emin’s Death Mask – with financial help from the artist herself.

The piece has been bought for £67,000 with £30,000 from the Art Fund and contributions from the White Cube Gallery and Emin.

It went on display today as part of the gallery’s new Life, Death and Memory exhibition. Part of her autobiographical series, the sculpture was made of her own face in 2002 as a “living death mask” and cast in bronze, her first sculptural work.

Other displays in the  exhibition include John Constable’s death mask, memento mori paintings from the 17th century including one of the diarist John Evelyn, and posthumous portraits such as van Dyck’s of Venetia, Lady Digby.

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