Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

These are works by "the greatest French artist of all time," according to Louis XIV. Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) used his artistry to compare human and animal faces, later inspiring Charles Darwin to write The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

Bear

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Boar

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Camel

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Cat

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

(via Charles Le Brun)

Cow

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Crow

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Donkey

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

(via Charles Le Brun)

Eagle

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Goat

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Horse

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

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Lion

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Lynx

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

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Monkey

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Owl

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Ox

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Parrot

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

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Pig

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Rabbit

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Raccoon

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Ram

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

Wolf

Baroque-Era Drawings Reveal Early Ideas About Evolution

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