Between Knowing and Doing: Mirrors and Their Imperfections in the Renaissance

in Early Science and Medicine
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Abstract

Inspection of surviving mirrors and related objects shows that they were too crude to offer the early Renaissance painter an optical short-cut to a naturalistic image of his subject. The craftsmanship of mirror makers was independent of and inferior to the quality of theories of image formation of the day.

Between Knowing and Doing: Mirrors and Their Imperfections in the Renaissance

in Early Science and Medicine

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