Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Meet Doctor Curtius.....

Wax bust of Curtius, Musée Carnavalet

Every so often you find a portrait from the 18th century that gives you a sudden sense of the real living breathing person.  This waxwork self-portrait of Madame Tussaud's adoptive uncle and mentor Philippe Curtius does just that - and the sensation is not entirely pleasant!  The bust, which is life size, is stuffed rather unceremoniously into a corner at the Musée Carnavalet; in fact I rather think it shares a cabinet with that horrible papier-mâché Voltaire....

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