Claude glass believed to be John Dee's scrying mirror, Europe, undated

Claude glass believed to be John Dee's scrying mirror, Europe, undated

Claude Lorrain Paintings | Not a Hipstamtic image, this is a Claude Lorrain painting.

Claude Lorrain Paintings | Not a Hipstamtic image, this is a Claude Lorrain painting.

The Claude glass was sort-of like the Hipstamatic or Instagram of its day: it presented lived reality as more beautiful and already in its documented form (be it a painting or a faux-vintage photograph). Indeed, there are similarities in style between Claude Lorrain’s paintings, the images seen in the Claude glass and the effects that the faux-vintage photo filters employ.

The Claude glass was sort-of like the Hipstamatic or Instagram of its day: it presented lived reality as more beautiful and already in its documented form (be it a painting or a faux-vintage photograph). Indeed, there are similarities in style between Claude Lorrain’s paintings, the images seen in the Claude glass and the effects that the faux-vintage photo filters employ.

Claude Glass Abstract Timepiece by Jon Stam

Claude Glass Abstract Timepiece by Jon Stam

Everybody knows that the Instagram app made its name giving photos an old, instant film look. But what if we were to tell you that there was something even

Claude Glass: The 18th Century Version of Instagram

Everybody knows that the Instagram app made its name giving photos an old, instant film look. But what if we were to tell you that there was something even

Claude glass:  late 18th century mirror carried by tourists.  "The device was typically pocket-size, with convex, gray-colored glass. When viewers looked into it, the convex shape pushed more scenery into a single focal point and the color of the glass changed the tones to be more pleasing to the eye by the standards of the contemporary picturesque paintings, which had a limited color palette. The constructed image was thought to be even more beautiful than reality."

Claude glass: late 18th century mirror carried by tourists. "The device was typically pocket-size, with convex, gray-colored glass. When viewers looked into it, the convex shape pushed more scenery into a single focal point and the color of the glass changed the tones to be more pleasing to the eye by the standards of the contemporary picturesque paintings, which had a limited color palette. The constructed image was thought to be even more beautiful than reality."

Make your own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

Make Your Own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

"[Pinterest] becomes another tool for enhancing our digital brands at the expense of the possibility of an uncommodified self."

"[Pinterest] becomes another tool for enhancing our digital brands at the expense of the possibility of an uncommodified self."

Peonies in Glass. Laura Shubert. Fabulous florals

Peonies in Glass. Laura Shubert. Fabulous florals

Make your own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

Make Your Own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

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