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Mirror

Anonymous Venetianmid 16th century - mid 16th century

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Milano, Italy

In the Renaissance, mirrors were very costly objects because of the difficulty of producing them. This mirror is particularly large for the period in which it was made, and it is enclosed in a beautiful frame on which runs the inscription, ‘Because in me destiny meted out is not solid.’ It is the selfsame mirror that warns those looking into it not to put too much faith in the reflected image. In fact, every time one sees it the image reflected is a little older than before! Probably purchased by the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe at the end of the 19th century, the mirror is still displayed--as are all other objects in the museum--in its original place, thus contributing to the authentic "time capsule" ambiance.

Details

  • Title: Mirror
  • Creator Nationality: Venetian
  • Creator Birth Place: Venice
  • Date: mid 16th century - mid 16th century
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • furniture maker: Anonymous Venetian
  • Physical Dimensions: w76 x h71.5 cm
  • Bibliography: Simone Chiarugi, "n. 257. Cornice con specchio"
  • Provenance: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text and images. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses of the images, please contact the museum, thank you.
  • Type: furniture
  • Rights: The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum owns all rights to text, images and videos. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. For all other uses, please contact the Museum, thank you.

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