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Physiognomic heads

The goal of physiognomy is to judge character according to features of the face. LeBrun studied the lines linking different points of the head in a complex geometry which revealed the faculties of the spirit or character. Thus, the angle formed by the axis of the eyes and the eyesbrows could lead to various conclusions, depending upon whether or not this angle rose toward the forehead to join the soul or descented toward the nose and mouth, which were considered to be animal  features.

Here are some of the many drawings illustrating conferences given by Charles LeBrun to the Academy about the correlation between the human face and that of the animal.

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Eagle's head

Ram's head

Camel's head

Cat's head

Head of ass