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Etched print with hand applied colors showing a so-called primitively shaped head gradually morphing into the so-called ideal head of the Apollo Belvedere statue. The changes are quantified into 12 steps, with each step being shown as a numbered part of the grid. There is text above and below the image in French. Translated into the English, is says Gradation from the Frog's Head to Apollo's Profile above the image. Below the image it says Exectued and published in Basel by Christian von Mechel in 1797 after Lavater's famous ideas.

Title:  Twelve Stages in the Sequence from the Head of a Primitive Man to the Head of the Apollo Belvedere

Artist/Maker: Christian von Mechel after Johannes Caspar Lavater

Date: 1797

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Twelve stages in the sequence from the head of a primitive man to the head of the Apollo Belvedere. Coloured etchings by Christian von Mechel after Lavater, 1797. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark 1.0. 

References: David Bindman, Ape to Apollo (Ithaca: Cornell U.P., 2002), 209–21.

Location(s): Basel, Switzerland

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