Thursday, November 10, 2011
Day 231: Fun Fact Friday - The Moneychanger and His Wife and Some Creepy Guy Reflected in the Mirror
Some art historians note that the husband is counting gold coins while the wife reads a religious text, believing that this communicates "subtly hinted conflict between avarice and prayer." Huh. Yeah, I guess I could be convinced of that....
But I'm more interested in that shiny round mirror sitting on the table. What's that about? If you look really closely, this is what you'll find reflected in the mirror:
This brings me to a second fun fact: why is the mirror convex in the first place? After consulting The Mirror: A History, I learned that convex mirrors were a sign of the technologically-challenged times. I quote: "After the ball of glass was blown, melted lead was poured into a concave bowl and was then removed. The mirror was never larger than what could be cut from the glass ball, and the curvature gave it a bulging shape that can be found in Flemish paintings [ahem!] and German engravings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries."
Very cool! Once again, I learn something new every (Fun Fact Fri)day! I hope you do too. Have a great weekend! ;)
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