The expressive face: manifestations of sensibility in eighteenth-century French art

Walsh, Linda (1996). The expressive face: manifestations of sensibility in eighteenth-century French art. Art History, 19(4) pp. 523–550.

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Attempts to explore the way in which one particular aspect of appearance, facial expression, was used by 18th-century French artists to convey the different kinds or modes of feeling which were seen as either fashionable or desirable by their contemporaries. Ideal inner life in 18th-century France; Passion in art; Facial etiquette; Absorptive faces.

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