Human and bird appendages, 17th century

Human and bird appendages, 17th century

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Caption: Human and bird appendages. 17th-century artwork comparing a human foot (right) and a human hand (left) to the webbed foot of a marine bird (centre). This artwork was part of a study of physiognomy, the practice of assessing personality traits from a person's appearance. Artwork from the 1615 Italian edition of 'De humana physiognomonia' (On Human Physiognomy, 1586) by Italian scholar Giambattista della Porta (c.1535-1615).

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