22 March 18: Why I love convex mirrors

I have this thing about convex mirrors. I can’t get enough of them. I think my love of them started when I was a teenager and saw the Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery. I love how, in addition to the solemn happy couple (have they just had a ding-dong about who’s going to put the bins out or something?) you can see two figures in the doorway reflected in a convex mirror (one is thought to be the artist, Jan van Eyck). The mirror makes the picture multidimensional, pinging your eye back and forth between background and foreground in a really dynamic way. Do you have a favourite Old Master painting? How does it make you feel?

Martha, The Colour File

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