Landscape in the Pyrenees and Death mask

Bénédicte Savoy on the poster motif for the exhibition “Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt”

5 December 2019

Bénédicte Savoy, curator of the exhibition “Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt”, explains which objects are hidden behind the exhibition poster with the landscape in the Pyrenees and the death mask and what significance they have for her.

Picture credits

Alexandre Louis Robert Millin Du Perreux, Landschaft in den Pyrenäen mit einem Heilbad, 1802, Detail © Privatsammlung. Reproduktion: Galerie Bassenge, www.bassenge.com

Gustav Hermann Blaeser, Totenmaske Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), 1859, Gips, Detail © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Repro: Oliver Ziebe, Berlin