Aesthetic Phenomena as Supernormal Stimuli: The Case of Eye, Lip, and Lower-Face Size and Roundness in Artistic Portraits

  title={Aesthetic Phenomena as Supernormal Stimuli: The Case of Eye, Lip, and Lower-Face Size and Roundness in Artistic Portraits},
  author={Marco Costa and Leonardo Corazza},
  pages={229 - 246}
In the first study, eye and lip size and roundness, and lower-face roundness were compared between a control sample of 289 photographic portraits and an experimental sample of 776 artistic portraits covering the whole period of the history of art. Results showed that eye roundness, lip roundness, eye height, eye width, and lip height were significantly enhanced in artistic portraits compared to photographic ones. Lip width and lower-face roundness, on the contrary, were less prominent in… 

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