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A Treatise on Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci
Senex and Taylor, London


LDE T0288   CID180  Observations for the Designing of Faces

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The Bone and Cartilage which compose the Nose, may be varied Eight different ways, which Form as many different kinds of Noses; for either they are equally streight, equally concave, and equally convex, which is the first kind; or they are streight, concave, and convex unequally, which is the second; or the Parts above are streight, and those below concave, which is the third sort; or those above are streight, and those below convex, and this is the fourth sort; or else they are concave above, and streight below, and this is the fifth; or concave above, and convex below, which makes the sixth; or lastly, they are convex above, and streight below, which is the seventh; or convex above, and concave below, which is the eighth kind. The setting on of the Nose to the Eye-brows, admits but of two different Forms, for it is always, either concave or streight. The Forehead is capable of three various Shapes, being either plain, concave, or convex; the plain is again divided several ways, for it is either hollow towards the top, or towards the bottom, or it is so, both at top and bottom; or else it is plain and uniform, both at top and bottom.