Four faces expressing (clockwise from top left): admiration mixed with astonishment, admiration, veneration, and ecstasy. Etching by A.-J. Defehrt 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 delineated in the 'Conférence'. 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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1 print : etching ; platemark 34.9 x 22.4 cm


Dessein, Expression des passions. Le Brun del. Defehrt fecit. Fig. 1. fig. 2. fig. 3. fig. 4 Bears number: XXIV

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in "Passions and Fervour. The Art of Powerful Emotions" at LWL Museum fur Kunst und Kultur, 9th October 2020 - 14th February 2021


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