- Glossary definition: Profil Perdu
Profil Perdu
(French word for 'lost profile')

In this type of painting, the profile of the head is not visible. The artist portrays the head by turning it so far away that the only profile outline that is visible is that of the cheek. 'Profil perdue' also pertains to any object that has been turned more than halfway away by the artist.

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