The Mirror in Art

It is perhaps obvious that the mirror has been a critical element in the art of painting: without mirrors, self-portraits would be impossible.  Mirrors can provide artists the opportunity to demonstrate their skill at painting reflections of people or items not visible in the foreground or painting distorted images.  They can also be used to show admiration or self-admiration.  Mirrors have been an important feature of art since at least the 15th century.  The magic of reflection continues to inspire contemporary artists.



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