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.

The Claude Glass, a sort of lens without the camera, was a convex pocket mirror used by artists in the 18th century to push more scenery into a single focal point, great for picturesque views.

The Claude Glass, a sort of lens without the camera, was a convex pocket mirror used by artists in the 18th century to push more scenery into a single focal point, great for picturesque views.

How to Make your own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

Make Your Own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

How to Make your own Claude Glass or Black Mirror

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

The Impact of Art and Technology on the World: The Claude Glass

The Impact of Art and Technology on the World: The Claude Glass

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."

'Can the White Girl Twerk?' by A. Siddiqi: "The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity of black sexuality... Transfer to a white body elevates the action... Elaborate nail art, like the kind Miley wears now, appears stylish on a white girl but described as “ghetto” on a black girl because on the white girl, it’s an aesthetic choice whereas black girls just don’t know any better."

'Can the White Girl Twerk?' by A. Siddiqi: "The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity of black sexuality... Transfer to a white body elevates the action... Elaborate nail art, like the kind Miley wears now, appears stylish on a white girl but described as “ghetto” on a black girl because on the white girl, it’s an aesthetic choice whereas black girls just don’t know any better."

Claude Glass Abstract Timepiece by Jon Stam

Claude Glass Abstract Timepiece by Jon Stam

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