nude descending a staircase
It is this idea that the celebrated anatomist Peisse has summed up in the sentence that Dr. Paul Richer has placed by way of a motto upon his recent magnificent treatise on Artistic Anatomy :
The eye sees in things only what it looks at in them, and it looks only at that of which the idea is already present in the mind.
ex Alphonse Bertillon, Signaletic instructions including the theory and practice of anthropometrical identification (translated by R. W. McClaughry; 1896)
27 September 2012
tags: mechanics; Paul Richer; walking