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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 January 2024
...John Jeffries Martin; Manuela Bragagnolo From the late Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, the science of physiognomy played a central role in the intellectual life of what we might call “the long Renaissance.” Indeed, it did much to shape both the portrayal and the understanding...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 9–32.
Published: 01 January 2024
...Manuela Bragagnolo Sixteenth-century Venice was a creative lab in which physiognomy was undergoing major transformation. The development of art theory, especially the theory of proportions, as well as a new attention to direct observation, parallel to developments in anatomy, decisively enriched...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 January 2015
...John Jeffries Martin In early modern Europe, judges read the bodies of victims and suspects through a variety of lenses shaped by popular beliefs, Renaissance notions of physiognomy, and by the study of medicine, classical rhetoric, and natural law theory. This article explores the writings...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 165–201.
Published: 01 January 2024
... has since then challenged art historians’ interpretation of Goya's true intentions. Discussions have delved into whether the painting was meant to be a “caricature” of its subjects. This article revisits this problem by historicizing the debate on caricature in relation to the revival of physiognomy...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 57–87.
Published: 01 January 2024
... fate personality types If “Aristotle favored physiognomy, chiromancy, and the interpretation of dreams, and Ptolemy and Galen [pursued] astronomy,” Girolamo Cardano asserts in his De sapientia (1544) that he is “the first to address metoposcopy,” the early modern divinatory practice that reads...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 611–613.
Published: 01 September 2022
... / January 2024 Physiognomy was, as is well known, one of the most influential disciplines of the Renaissance. Based on the interpretation of bodily signs to read inner moral and intellectual inclinations, physiognomy developed in the West from the twelfth century and quickly acquired the status...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (2): 403–405.
Published: 01 May 2022
... by Manuela Bragagnolo and John Jeffries Martin Volume 54 / Number 1 / January 2024 Physiognomy was, as is well known, one of the most influential disciplines of the Renaissance. Based on the interpretation of bodily signs to read inner moral and intellectual inclinations, physiognomy developed...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 33–56.
Published: 01 January 2024
... here on a section in the De indiciis where he had given consideration to ways in which the judge could discern the underlying qualities or thoughts of the accused. In that work, he had, for example, alluded to the increasingly popular science of physiognomy, which many jurists in the late medieval...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 113–135.
Published: 01 January 2024
..., the philosophical basis of physiognomy was that “from the dispositions of the body one could show the dispositions of the soul.” 28 As Martin Delrio notes in his Disquisitionum magicarum : The physiognomist thinks that from the colour of a person's hair and the outward appearance of parts of his body...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (1): 1–38.
Published: 01 January 2001
... in individualized portraits, by Dürer, Mostaert, and others), artists present the details of African appearance—hair, physiognomy—with an accuracy so exceptional that it has sometimes suggested to modern audi- ences the potential of an unchanging racial identity.7 Yet...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 203–216.
Published: 01 January 2024
..., vol. 30. Leiden: Brill, 2020. x, 355 pp., 2 color and 8 black-and-white illus. Hardvover, ebook. Devriese, Lisa, ed. The Body as a Mirror of the Soul: Physiognomy from Antiquity to the Renaissance . Mediaevalia Lovaniensia, Series 1, Studia, vol. 50. Leuven, Belg.: Leuven University Press, 2021...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 263–284.
Published: 01 May 2021
... withered desecration during the Passion, these mandylions allowed direct access to a countenance of arresting vitality and unique physiognomy. Their frontal address gives the sensation of a face staring out of its frame. It is defined by an elongated nose, darkened shadows forming the shape of the brow...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 99–120.
Published: 01 January 2013
..., antipodal pressures exerted themselves on the interface of the spiritual and physical worlds: the physical became more suffused with the spiritual, and the spiritual became more untrace- able in the physical. So we have, on the one hand, medicinal tracts invest- ing humoral physiognomy with spiritual...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (2): 325–346.
Published: 01 May 2010
... are the repositories of stories, because every sort of person ends up there to get cleaned, from various areas, of diverse apparel, of strange languages, of hideous mugs, of ugly physiognomies, and of truth and falsehood anyone [who comes] brings a big/heavy load [e di verità e di bugie ciascuno ne porta un...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 137–163.
Published: 01 January 2024
... open the skull, you will find the brain still completely frozen.” Gendry sums up that all of these and other attempts at deception “are discovered through the signs with which the good surgeon is familiar.” 59 If the science of physiognomy posited a relationship between outward signs and inner...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (1): 159–195.
Published: 01 January 2015
... does include at least one woman, no attempt is made — through hairstyle, dress, or physiognomy — to identify her as the mother. The loss of the central section of the fresco also makes it impossible to definitively identify the father. 44 On the connection between Mary of Jerusalem...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 May 2017
... the knightly male body through the lens of physiognomy, in order to parse the way violent male subjectivity is linked to the body’s physicality, embody- ing a form of masculinity that Yvonne Tasker calls “musculinity.”35 This pro- 262  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies / 47.2 / 2017 cess...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (2): 253–284.
Published: 01 May 2022
... with physiognomy. Yet, elsewhere etymologies sit awkwardly because Corbechon leaves links unexplained. Garlic's name is explained thus—“ailet est ainsi appellé pour ce qu'il puet selon Ysidoire” (228r) [garlic is so called because it stinks according to Isidore], with no connection made between alium...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 321–365.
Published: 01 May 2021
... the effort to establish order: “Having resolved not to allow the irrationality of Goes's pictorial creation to rub off on our scholarly treatment and assessment of the facts, but—if possible—to study wild-eyed physiognomies while keeping our own wits about us, let us now try to position the Berlin Adoration...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2001) 31 (1): 113–146.
Published: 01 January 2001
... of analysis find a natural point of overlap in exploring the cultural work of the Saracens, whose dark skin and diabolical physiognomy were the Western Middle Ages’ most familiar, most exorbitant embodiment of racial alterity.3 Most scholarship on Saracens has been...