Elena Randi observes how the analysis of the relationships between the moral and the physique constitutes a main theme in Delsarte’s theory. As far as the general subject of his study is concerned, Delsarte draws inspiration from the thought of the French idéologues . But as regards the nature of the intérieur , he takes a similar position to Degérando’s or Maine de Biran’s. These intellectuals, after participating in the movement of the idéologues , started investigating the same issues, but argued against their conclusions. Combining some views of Biran’s with concepts taken from the late eighteenth century debate on physiognomy and with Engel’s theories, Delsarte builds up a theory and a very structured system of acting. Randi illustrates some major issues therein expressed.

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