Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings

22-11-2017, 21:25
Pictures of artists XV-XVI look very interesting, and the longer you look, the more you see all sorts of mysterious things. The most interesting is the world through the looking glass, that is, reflected in the mirrors. Sometimes they change the overall essence of the picture, and open the curtain of history.

Portrait of Arnolfini couple

Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
This mirror is perhaps the most famous of all the paintings in this collection. In those days, not everyone could afford a mirror, and it spoke of wealth and the wealth of the family. But the most interesting lies in the reflection of mirrors.
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
Experts believe that in the mirror the artist depicted himself. If you look closely, you can see the palette in the hands of the artist, especially the inscription "Jan van Eyck was here" says a lot.
Holy Eligy in his workshop
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
Some believe that the artist Petrus Christus copied the van Eyck technique in this picture. Saint Eligius was considered the patron saint of jewelers, and the pair turned to him for the rings.Some believe that this is the same pair as in the picture of Van Eyck.
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
In the reflection of the mirror can be seen two women. Most experts are inclined to believe that they are the parents of the newlyweds, or rather their mothers.
Changed with his wife
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
Unlike previous paintings, in this work of Quentin Mousin, the reflection tells the whole story. At first glance, it seems that the plot is quite prosaic: I was weighed by some weights on the scales, and my wife was watching this.
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
But carried to pay attention to the reflection, it shows the owner of these products. He came to me, obviously, not from a better life, as evidenced by his sad and drooping expression.
Menin
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
In this famous picture there is also a mirror, and it is behind, next to the door.
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This mirror reflects King Philip IV and Marianne of Austria. Everything looks like this, udto infanta Margaret and the courtiers stand before Their Majesties.
John the Baptist and Heinrich von Werl.
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
There is no doubt that this is a mirror. At that time, they were made convex, as they increased the viewing angle. But is that pictured there?
Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
In the mirror, if you look closely, you can see a man and a child. The man is most likely old, and stands with a cane.

Allegory of Prudence

Mysterious looking-glass: secret messages, encrypted in the mirrors of paintings
Beautiful maiden and babes.What could be nicer? But pay attention to the skull, located on the pedestal.

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