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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

Giulio Romano) is in the Louvre. Niphus, who was the philosopher 

of the pontifical court and the friend of Leo X, thus describes 

this princess, whom, as a physician, he had opportunities of 

observing accurately: "She is of medium stature, straight, and 

elegant, and possesses the grace which can only be imparted by an 

assemblage of characteristics which are individually faultless. 

She is neither fat nor bony, but succulent; her complexion is not 

pale, but white tinged with rose; her long hair is golden; her 

ears are small and in proportion with the size of her mouth. Her 

brown eyebrows are semicircular, not too bushy, and the 

individual hairs short. Her eyes are blue (_oaesius_), brighter 

than stars, radiant with grace and gaiety beneath the dark-brown 

eyelashes, which are well spaced and not too long. The nose, 

symmetrical and of medium size, descends perpendicularly from 

between the eyebrows. The little valley separating the nose from 

the upper lip is divinely proportioned. The mouth, inclined to be 

rather small, is always stirred by a sweet smile; the rather 

thick lips are made of honey and coral. The teeth are small, 

polished as ivory, and symmetrically ranged, and the breath has 

the odor of the sweetest perfumes. Her voice is that of a 

goddess. The chin is divided by a dimple; the whole face 

approximates to a virile rotundity. The straight long neck, white 

and full, rises gracefully from the shoulders. On the ample 

bosom, revealing no indication of the bones, arise the rounded 

breasts, of equal and fitting size, and exhaling the perfume of 

the peaches they resemble. The rather plump hands, on the back 

like snow, on the palm like ivory, are exactly the length of the 

face; the full and rounded fingers are long and terminating in 

round, curved nails of soft color. The chest as a whole has the 

form of a pear, reversed, but a little compressed, and the base 

attached to the neck in a delightfully well-proportioned manner. 

The belly, the flanks, and the secret parts are worthy of the 

chest; the hips are large and rounded; the thighs, the legs, and 

the arms are in just proportion. The breadth of the shoulders is 

also in the most perfect relation to the dimensions of the other 

parts of the body; the feet, of medium length, terminate in 

beautifully arranged toes." (Houdoy reproduces this passage in 

_La Beaute des Femmes_; cf. also Stratz, _Die Schoenheit des 

Weiblichen Koerpers_, Chapter III.) 

 

Gabriel de Minut, who published in 1587 a treatise of no very 

great importance, _De la Beaute_, also wrote under the title of 

_La Paulegraphie_ a very elaborate description, covering sixty 

pages, of Paule de Viguier, a Gascon lady of good family and 

virtuous life living at Toulouse. Minut was her devoted admirer 

and addressed an affectionate poem to her just before his death. 


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