Art in Detail_Mirrors in Art_The Most Famous Mirrors in Western Art

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the mirror here is ‘the instrument of a universal magic that changes things into spectacles, spectacles into things, me into others, and others into me.’ Maurice Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher

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Art in Detail Mirrors in Art The Most Famous Mirrors in Western Art

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MANET, Edouard A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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MANET, Edouard A Bar at the Folies-Bergère 1881-82 Oil on canvas, 96 x 130 cm Courtauld Gallery, London

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the huge mirror and the confusing reflection ...

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VERMEER, Johannes A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman

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VERMEER, Johannes A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman 1662-65 Oil on canvas, 73,3 x 64,5 cm Buckingham Palace, London

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Vermeer and the art of painted distortion ...

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VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Venus at her Mirror (The Rokeby Venus) National Gallery, London

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VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Venus at her Mirror (The Rokeby Venus) 1647-51 Oil on canvas, 122,5 x 177 cm National Gallery, London

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Venus's mystique is tantalising ... The shadow and the awkward angle of the mirror leaves us unsure; is she looking at herself, or at us?

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BOSCH, Hieronymus The Seven Deadly Sins

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BOSCH, Hieronymus The Seven Deadly Sins, Pride detail c. 1480 Oil on panel, 120 x 150 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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Pride: a wealthy woman fixing her veil and a devil, sporting a similar cloth headpiece, holds her mirror

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MURILLO, Bartolomé Esteban Immaculate Conception

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MURILLO, Bartolomé Esteban Immaculate Conception 1665-1675 Oil on canvas, 96 x 64 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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Murillo's Immaculada surrounded by angels holding the mirror as a sign of purity

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CARAVAGGIO Narcissus

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CARAVAGGIO Narcissus 1598-99 Oil on canvas, 110 x 92 cm Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

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Caravaggio’s Narcissus magnetism and eerie beauty ... they are not about ‘water as mirror’, but of human tragedy

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BELLINI, Giovanni Naked Young Woman in Front of the Mirror

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BELLINI, Giovanni Naked Young Woman in Front of the Mirror 1515 Oil on canvas, 62 x 79 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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... almost a canonical depiction of Vanity yet of course she is also one of the most beautiful woman in the entire art history

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VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV

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VELÁZQUEZ, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Las Meninas or The Family of Philip IV 1656-57 Oil on canvas, 318 x 276 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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... a black-framed mirror adorns the back wall King and queen models or spectators ?

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mixture of reality and illusion: the artist has painted a picture of himself painting a portrait of two people, whom we cannot see, but whom are watched by their family and servants ...

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Art in Detail_ Mirrors in Art, The Most Famous Mirrors in Western Art images and text credit   www. Music wav.        created olga.e. thanks for watching oes

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« Quant au miroir, il est l’instrument d’une universelle magie qui change les choses en spectacles, les spectacles en choses, moi en autrui et autrui en moi. » Maurice Merleau-Ponty, L’Œil et l’Esprit, Gallimard, Paris, 1964.

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