Art, said Coomaraswamy, is nothing tangible. The thing made is a work of art but the art remains in the artist. Sometimes we are lucky and we see something of the artist in the art. These faces all live in the British Museum, torn from their own time and place, but when you look into their gently empty eyes for one moment you can share their lives. Each one of these faces had a model, a muse, each one of these faces was a person with hopes, dreams, a future. Did they wonder about an aferlife, did they know they would be remembered after they were gone?
Rainer Maria Rilke, Faces
Life goes on, the world turns. Most of today's non-entity celebrities will be forgotten by the time the chips are cold.