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Charles Le Brun’s physiognomies

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L: Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Eagle.
R: Relationship of the Human Figure with that of the Ram.

From Dissertation sur un Traité de Charles Lebrun concernant le apport de la Physionomie Humaine avec Celle des Animaux (1806), in which the First Painter to Louis XIV attempted to demonstrate a correlation between the souls of men and the appearances of animals. See the complete set of engravings (by L-J-M Morel d’Arleux) here.

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