Muscular Anatomy of the Face

There are quite a few anatomy resources on the web, but not a lot that combine clear illustrations with pictures of the muscles in action. With the help of a patient model and a fine illustrator, I hope this resource helps clarify how the face can make so many expressions.

You will also find a link to my Craniometric Landmarks web app which is a part of my online forensic sculpture class.


The Masseter is a large rope-like muscle that attaches along the lower margin of the zygomatic arch and also the ramus and lower margin of the mandible. When we chew and clench our jaws we use this muscle as well as the Temporalis.

Anatomical Drawing by Daniel Maidman. Courtesy of the artist.
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