Art: Ghost Maker

In A.D. 79, a volcano erupted and covered Pompeii with ash. Eighteen hundred years later, archaeologists found that the Pompeians' bodies, long since dust, had left molds of themselves in the impacted cinders. The scientists poured in liquid plaster, and when it set, the casts were lifted out and put in a local museum.

This may not have been the archaeological coup of the age, but in some mysterious fashion, it suddenly seized the imagination of a group of European sculptors after World War II. All at once, Bond Street and Rue de Seine overflowed with tasteful mock fossils by Marino...

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