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Author Porter, Martin (Martin Henry)

Title Windows of the soul : physiognomy in European culture 1470-1780 / Martin Porter
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 365 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Oxford historical monographs
Oxford historical monographs.
Summary In early modern Europe there was a small group of books on the art of physiognomy which claimed to provide self-knowledge through an interpretation of external features. The authors of these books explained how the eyes, the face, and all of nature's natural bodies became windows of the soul. Dr Porter uses remnants of the highly illustrated and graffitied texts on physiognomy to interpret the way that these books were read and viewed, and trace the changes that took place between. the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of Romanticism. - ;In late fifteenth century Florence, Renaissance h
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 326-345) and index
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Subject Art, European -- History.
Education -- Europe -- History.
Philosophical anthropology -- Europe -- History.
Physiognomy -- Europe -- History.
Religious thought -- Europe -- History.
Theology -- Europe -- History.
Books -- history.
Facial Expression.
History, 17th Century.
History, Early Modern 1451-1600.
Europe -- Civilization -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191534838 (electronic bk.)
9780191534836 (electronic bk.)