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Decline of Perceived Beauty: Facial Representations between the 18th and 20th Century in Western Art

  January 1, 2016
  Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press "Beauty: Exploring Critical Perspectives"
h  Research Paper
  Art History, beauty, digital humanities, facial recognition

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This study focuses on the question of beauty standards defined by scientific methodology in terms of face symmetry and averageness. This definition correlates with art history and the human faces depicted in a large set of artworks. Recent research in evolutionary psychology and neuro-aesthetics suggests that the attractiveness of a face can be conceptualized as the sum of a varied set of distinct features. These aspects are described in terms of averageness, symmetry, sexual dimorphism, pleasant expressions, and youthfulness. 

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