This is a theme that has been continuously developed by many different artist and theorists. Most commonly through the quote, “eyes are the windows to the soul”. (A quote I completely agree with.)
There is a lot of debate over who was the first to say it..
It’s been attributed to Shakespeare, Leonardo DaVinci and others. A few of those I could find are listed here:
“The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man’s intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye.” Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805 – 1873)
“I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.” Max Beerbohm
“Perhaps in all too many cases they are full of ancient traditional hokum from the culture about the eyes being the windows of the soul, and things being seen in them that might not otherwise be revealed — which seems to be one of the most misguided ideas I’ve ever known.” Sullivan, H. S. (1954). The Psychiatric Interview. New York: Norton. p. 5-6.
“The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing.” Law.
“Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul.” Milton.
“They say that the eye is the window to the soul. But it is the soul that is the window.” Andrew Hamilton
“The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a topic I wish to explore within my art as I feel it embodies all of my desired themes.