Mirror, M….

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Jorge Luis Borges thought mirrors are evil because of their capacity to multiply the abominable. I think the XVII century mirrors look sinister, they are darker and deeper, were very expensive and made with quick silver. By the time an apprentice mastered his trade he would loose his teeth and hair; most of those people didn’t live past thirty.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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4 Responses to Mirror, M….

  1. Regina says:

    Where was this photographed…Nissim de Camondo? Wonderful insight on the other side of Beauty…destruction of another Soul to See your own!

    • Yes, this is Nissim de Camondo. And you can tell that he spared no expense — the mirrors are authentic; otherwise I always had an impression he wasn’t really a collector — only one piece is exceptional in the whole house, Madame de Pompadour’s Japanese lacquered bottle.

  2. Daedalus Lex says:

    Mirrors have a fascinating symbolic power because of their apparent power to reflect, fragment, distort, duplicate, steal human identity. This is exploited to great effect in Gothic novels from the 1760s on, culminating perhaps in Dracula filmography. And this is a great photo, rich in all the symbolic possibilities of the mirror.

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