Anne Clark Amor

Spitting Images

Renaissance Portraits

By

Yale 290pp £35 order from our bookshop

 

It is reported that the pupils of Hippocrates showed his portrait to Physonomyas, founder of the discipline of physiognomy, ‘a way of observing by which we deduce the qualities of souls from the features of the bodies’. ‘This man is a wrangeler lecherous and rude,’ was his verdict, which so angered the young men that they reported him to Hippocrates. To their astonishment, Hippocrates insisted that the diagnosis was correct, but ·explained, ‘reason that is in me overcometh and ruleth the vyces of my complexyon’.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,