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Claude Lorraine mirrors, 17th century.

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Claude Lorraine mirrors, 17th century.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


These small convex mirrors were used by landscape painters as visual aids. They were named after the highly infuential French landscape painter Claude Lorraine (1600-1682), who is believed to have devised and used them to help him obtain the particular romanticised qualities he sought in his paintings.

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