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Line: Part II

 

Le Brun's System on Physiognomy ~

L.-J.-M. Morel d'Arleux (after Charles Lebrun)


Plates 12-33

Plate 12, the largest of the series, also marks a new chapter in the representations: all of the following engravings abandon the stark geometrical framework for a refined graphic treatment, with delicate half-tone stippling and cross-hatching by André Le Grand.


As a result, the rest of the suite is much more illustrative than demonstrative...

 

Plate 12. Heads of Different Oxen,
Heads of a Lion and a Horse with Human Eyes

Here, as if to emphasize his point on individuation, Le Brun varies the eyes on the oxen to expressive effect.

 

P. 401x533mm., S. 590x421mm.

 

Plates 13A/13B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Eagle

 

 

P. 493x340mm., S. 590x430mm.
(N.B. For the double plates, printed jointly, we have only given the overall dimensions.)

 

Plates 14A/14B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Ass

These plates are little more than a refined follow-up of Plate 6.

 

P. 490x330mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 15A/15B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Ram

The ram, according to Morel d'Arleux, shows signs of stupidity.

 

P. 490x323mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 16A/16B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Ox

These plates are little more than a refinement of Plate 7.

 

P. 497x338mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 17A/17B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Camel

According to Morel d'Arleux, the camel's geometry shows "signs of intelligence."

 

P. 492x335mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 18A/18B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Cat

These plates are little more than a refinement of Plate 8.

 

P. 492x320mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 19A/19B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Owl

 

P. 500x340mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 20A/20B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Horse

 

P. 490x406mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 21A/21B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Goat

 

P. 495x325mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 22A/22B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Hog

These plates are little more than a refinement of Plate 9.

 

P. 487x327mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 23A/23B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Crow

 

P. 483x329mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 24A/24B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Marten

 

P. 493x323mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 25A/25B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Rabbit

 

P. 485x323mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 26A/26B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Lion

These plates are little more than a refinement of Plate 10.

 

P. 493x337mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 27A/27B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Wolf

 

P. 490x318mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 28A/28B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Lynx

 

P. 492x336mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 29A/29B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Bear

 

P. 492x320mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 30A/30B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Parrot

 

P. 490x338mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 31A/31B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Fox

 

P. 490x330mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 32A/32B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Wild Boar

 

P. 492x336mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plates 33A/33B. Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Monkey

These plates are little more than a refinement of Plate 11.

 

P. 487x336mm., S. 590x430mm.


Plates 34-37

These plates, the last of the suite, make up a series of eyes that ostensibly show shared or contrasting features.

 

Plate 34. Human Eyes, Monkey Eyes, Camel Eyes

This series of eyes is probably a comparative exercise in "intelligence."

 

P. 307x307mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plate 35. Tiger Eyes, Lynx Eyes, Cat Eyes

This series of eyes is probably a comparative exercise in "ferocity."

 

P. 413x291mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plate 36. Wolf Eyes, Fox Eyes, Piglet Eyes

This series of eyes is probably a comparative exercise in "cruelty and cunning."

 

P. 406x290mm., S. 590x430mm.

 

Plate 37. Goat Eyes, Ram Eyes, Sheep Eyes

This series of eyes is probably a comparative exercise in "stupidity."

 

P. 402x288mm., S. 590x430mm.