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Memo-1521

Type:

Bach Computer-generated Portrait

Title:

The computer reveals the true face of Bach (Il computer rivela il vero volto di Bach)

Description:

Un po' più paffuto e decisamente diverso da quello che conosciamo dall'iconografia classica, dalle statue ai quadri che lo ritraggono. Ecco come appare il "vero" volto del compositore tedesco Johann Sebastian Bach, ricostruito sulla base del teschio riesumato, con una serie di simulazioni via computer. [Italian]

Some chubby and most decidedly different from what we know from statues and paintings that depict the classical iconography. Here's how the "real" face of the German composer J.S.Bach, made with a series of computer simulations.based upon the reconstructed skull.

:Experts have digitally rebuilt the face of 18th century German composer J.S. Bach - and say the results may surprise his fans. Using his bones and computer modeling, they have come up with an image of a thick-set man with closely-shorn white hair. The new Bach face, the creation of Scottish forensic anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson, will go on display at the Bachhaus museum in the eastern German town of Eisenach, Bach's birthplace, next month.
18th century portraits show him very differently. "For most people, Bach is an old man in a wig, it is a stylized image, we have no realistic portrait of him," Joerg Hansen, managing director of the museum, told Reuters. "We know he was a physical man, that he danced, that he stamped his feet when he played, that he sang. He was a very dynamic man - with this reconstruction you can see it."
Bach's bones were excavated in 1894 and sculptors first used them to help create a bust in 1908.But it was mainly based on a portrait of the composer and contemporary critics said it was so inaccurate that it might as well have been the composer Händel. "It's not really that important to know what he looked like, we love Bach through his music, that is why people come to the museum, but they are also interested in the man," Hansen said. (Berlin, from Reuters, February 2008)

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Scottish forensic anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson

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See: Memo-2865

Source/Links: Il computer rivela il vero volto di Bach - Galleria - Repubblica.it | Experts create new image of Bach (MSNBC) | Bachhaus Eisenach [Photos]
Photos: Caroline Wilkinson / Bachhaus Eisenach; Bachhaus Eisenach; Bachhaus Eisenach/Univ. Dundee, Schottland
Contributor:
Riccardo Nughes & Kim Patrick Clow (February 2008); Aryeh Oron (April 2008)

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