Franz Joseph Gall, German anatomist and phrenologist, c 1800.

Dequevauviller

 
Franz Joseph Gall, German anatomist and phrenologist, c 1800.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Engraving by Dequevauviller. Gall (1758-1828) gave popular lectures on phrenology (the study of the shape and size of the skull as a supposed indication of mental abilities and character). His ideas, including the theory that a person's talents and qualities were traced to particular areas of the brain, were seen as being subversive of religion. Phrenology has been long since discredited.

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