Reading the Body: Physiognomics

 
Conference de Monsieur LeBrun sur l'expression generale et particuliere
Title Charles LeBrun's Conférence de Monsieur Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière

Artist Bernard Picart
Date 1698
Medium Engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Le Brun's book was translated into English in 1734 and is based upon a lecture he gave at the Royal Academy of Painting in 1667. Both actors and artists consulted this book during the eighteenth century as a tool for achieving the perfect imitation of 'genuine' facial expression, using the extensive typology of emotion that Le Brun sets forth as a model.

[Book open to "Astonishment with Fright"]

 

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