Eight heads showing human passions. Etching by Taylor, 1788, after C. Le Brun.
- Le Brun, Charles, 1619-1690
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Le Brun's depiction of the passions is supported by his theory of the passions, which is set out in his Conférence de M. Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière (Paris: E. Picard, 1698). In Cartesian style, each compound passion is an organisation of the six simple passions of admiration, love, hatred, desire, joy and sadness. For instance, jealousy is a composite of love and hate; despair "is a strong persuasion of not being able to obtain what we desire"
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