The History of Physiognomy

A Leverhulme Trust International Network

Queen Mary University of London (London), Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), and Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa)





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Links and Resources

Primary Sources - Libraries/Archives - Other


Primary Sources:

Digital Lavater

or Gaspard Lavater, L'art de connaîtres les hommes, (1820)

Johann Caspar Lavater - Historico-Critical Edition of Selected Works, University of Zurich

Die "Sammlung Johann Caspar Lavater", Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Andreas Vesalius, De corpore humanis fabrica (1543)



Bibliography of texts about physiognomy, 400BC - 1999, pp 561, 3593 items, 1.76 KB. Kunstserviceg, Köln

BVB, Bibliotheksverbund Bayern

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

Centro Elaborazione Informatica di Testi e Immagini nella Tradizione Letteraria/ Center for the Data Processing of Texts and Images in the Literary Tradition, Pisa

Wellcome Library, London

Visual Sources at the Wellcome Institute, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

National Gallery, London

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK


Other Online Resources:

Anatomy.TV: The world's most detailed 3D Model of Human Anatomy online

Artcyclopedia (The guide to great art on the internet) (Le portal de la culture, France)

Dream Anatomy (illustrates the anatomical imagination from 1500 to the present)

Eebo (Early English Books Online)

Historical Anatomies (access to images from important anatomical atlases)

JStor - The Scholarly Journal Archive

'A Man with Properties - But which ones?' Physiognomics 1474 to 1979 in Europe. Illustrations, Comments and Bibliography: Kunstserviceg, Köln.

Diffusions des Savoirs de l'ENS (Sessions of the networks' conference in Paris in 2007)

Worldimages (California State University)