Étiqueté : physiognomonie

Exposition : « The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance », Londres, National Gallery, du 16 mars au 11 juin 2023

This exhibition looks again at one of the best-known faces in the National Gallery: Quinten Massys’s 16th-century depiction of an old woman, a painting known as ‘The Ugly Duchess’. For the first time, this work is displayed with a related drawing after Leonardo da Vinci, showing their shared interest in fantastical, ‘grotesque’ heads and the vibrant artistic exchange between Italy and Northern Europe in the Renaissance. ‘The Ugly Duchess’ is reunited in the exhibition with...

Publication : “The Body as a Mirror of the Soul. Physiognomy from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, Leuven University Press, 2021.

Physiognomy, the history of racial classifications, and the interplay between natural philosophy, medicine, and ethics The idea of the body as a mirror of the soul has fascinated mankind throughout history. Being able to see through an individual, and drawing conclusions on their character solely based on a selection of external features, is the subject of physiognomy, and has a long tradition running well into recent times. However, the pre-modern, especially medieval background of this...

Journées d’étude : “The body as a Mirror of the Soul: Physiognomy from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, Louvain, 9-10 novembre 2016

This workshop will concentrate on physiognomical thought and texts – i.e. the discipline that assesses a person’s character or personality from his or her outer appearance – in a diachronic perspective. It will focus on texts from Antiquity up to the seventeenth century, which were written in different languages (Greek, Arabic, Latin, and the vernacular). Special attention will be paid to the pseudo-Aristotelian Physiognomonica and its reception, which played a central role in this tradition,...

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