Portraits

Physiognomy is a kind of observation, thanks to which we find from the characteristics of the body, the qualities of the soul. [...] If [eyes] will be quite large and with a look a bit moist, they will show a great spirit, an extraordinary soul, capabel of great things, but also the angry, the wine lover and proud beyond measure: so it is said it was Alexander the Great. [...] If you see a full nose, strong and stocky, like lions and mastiffs, you will consider it a sign of strength and arrogance. [...] A squared forehead, which has the length as the height, it is evident index of prudence, wisdom, intelligence, beautiful mind.

Pomponio Gaurico

De Sculptura, 1504