Il Rinascimento dell'architettura da Brunelleschi a Palladio by Bertrand Jestaz

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DESCRIBING MODERN MAN Research on the geometry of the human body and facial expression did not end with the eighteenth century; numerous works that are, at least superficially, similar to the treatises of Lequeu and Camper w~ A e published during the nineteenth century. The classical physiognomies of character and expression gave way to other theories in which their authors aimed to discover the truth of "natural" human types. Criminal anthropometry and phrenology, craniometry, and gestural typology all seemed to continue research from the past; in fact, they aspired to obtain the perfect equivalence of man's physiology and psychology.

For inventories of the Lequeu archive since 1825, see Duboy, Lequeu, 356-9; Duboy also mentions (p. 360) other works by Lequeu that are kept elsewhere in the library or in other institutions. 8 As suggested in Vidler, Writing of the Walls, 103. 9 His work with some of the major institutions of his time - in particular, the Academic d'architecture, the Academic des Sciences, des Belles-Lettres et des Arts of Rouen, the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees, and the Ecole Polytechnique - and with Jacques-Germain Soufflot clearly suggests that Lequeu was far less of a "revolutionary" and an outcast than is usually believed.

67. In his late philosophy, Merleau-Ponty refers to this primordial element as the "flesh" of the world. This radical phenomenological understanding of a non-dualistic reality is, in my view, not so distant from Plato's own formulation. See Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible, tr. A. : Northwestern University Press 1968). 8 Plato, Timaeus, 68. , 69; emphasis mine. , 70-1. 11 Jean-Pierre Vernant, Mythe et pensee chez les Grecs (Paris: Maspero 1965), i, 124. 12 Aristotle, Poetics, tr.

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