The nude of the 19th century was often a tool for anatomical study: an intellectualized and idealized approach to physiognomy.
Even Winston Aylett's physiognomy was more human and less statuesque, as he patted her head, and bade her be composed.
For there was that in his air and physiognomy, which proclaimed him no common man.
He was struck with his physiognomy, which expressed at this moment a manly yet sorrowful pride.
It had a physiognomy and character of its own—this fantastic foreigner!
The physiognomy has usurped the place of the physique, the gesture of the form, the pose of the substance.
But nothing lasts in this world, at least without changing its physiognomy.
There was only one; an old man with a genuine French physiognomy, rings in his ears and on his fingers.
He fell to examining his physiognomy in it with silent absorption.
The thick upper lip is never absent from the older descriptions of the physiognomy of the strumous.
late 14c., "art of judging characters from facial features," from Old French phizonomie and directly from Late Latin physiognomia, from Greek physiognomia "the judging of a person's nature by his features," from physio- (see physio-) + gnomon (genitive gnomonos) "judge, indicator" (see gnomon). Meaning "face, countenance, features" is from c.1400. Related: Physiognomical.
physiognomy phys·i·og·no·my (fĭz'ē-ŏg'nə-mē, -ŏn'ə-mē)
Facial features, especially when considered as an indicator of character or as a factor in diagnosis.
Estimation of one's character and mental qualities by a study of the face and general bodily carriage.