chapter  3
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Rules of Expression and the paradox of acting

In the first few pages of The Genius of Architecture, Le Camus de Mézières acknowledges the affiliation of his theory of architectural character with the work of Charles Le Brun (1619-90), an influential French painter protected by Colbert and Louis XIV:

The celebrated Le Brun, whose talents do honor to his country, has proved the truth of this principle [character theory] through his characterization of the passions; he has expressed the various affections of the soul, and has rendered joy, sadness, anger, fury, compassion, etc., in a single line.1