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Longread about mirrors


The mirror was believed to be a symbol of pride and self-love. The church and the authorities tried to restrain the demands of the flock. Therefore, they urged to treat the mirror as a luxury item, an attribute of vanity and self-love, the excessive fascination with which could lead to madness.
When you look in the mirror, it's not just the body and heart, but also mind and will
Mirrors in thE
dark medieval age
Over time, the mirror became the main symbol of medieval art. In the 14th century, it began to appear more and more often on the pages of books
The female figure, embodying the zodiacal constellation Virgo, holds it in her hands together with a comb. Here it is not only a detail of everyday life, but also a symbol of beauty and self-love
The mirror becomes aN attribute of narcissistic
and vicious women
The mirror was used to draw the constantly grooming Mrs. Idleness from the French "Romance of the Rose" (she opened to the hero the entrance to the garden of Rest - the courtesan world) and the lady personifying the Voluptuous Life to the Garden of Rest - the courtesan world), and the lady personifying the Voluptuous Life.
THE symbol of beauty and narcissism
The Roman artist Marcia, famous for painting almost exclusively women, used a mirror to create her own self-portrait. Even this act could be interpreted as a sign of narcissism in medieval morality
The mirror in his
hand represented
pride and lust
The famous triptych by Flemish painter Hans Memling, "Vanity of the Earth and Divine Salvation," depicts an indecently naked woman Eve, the embodiment of the sin of vanity and lust
Drawing self-portraits was equated with vanity
Slutty mermaids
used to look in the mirror all the time
In the Middle Ages, mermaids were feared and revered at the same time. They were considered promiscuous and seductive. They lured sailors by singing so that their ships would crash against scales. It is not surprising, therefore, that they were depicted in paintings with mirrors
The hectic lives of aristocrats were still considered sinful in the late Middle Ages. At the end of the 15th century, mirrors were burned along with secular books, portraits and musical instruments.
In the Late Middle Ages MIRRORS WERE BURNED
Mirrors were also often used to summon spirits. In grimoires collections of spells and seals of sorcerers there were instructions on how to make such objects.
The grimoire of the light magicians
Grimoire of the Dark
It's time
to open the grimoire
Pick your own
From the chief
symbol of sin to an
attribute of wisdom
Artists across Europe are beginning to depict Our Lady with a mirror in her hand
The mirror becomes an attribute of wisdom.
and prudence of the Virgin Mary
The mirrors
were used to send
The title character, seated in the heavens, directed mirrors at the sun at an angle so that the focused rays went straight into the hearts of the worshippers.
rays of faith
The painters who worked on the paintings with the allegory of Vera were aware of the latest advances in optics
This "allegorical-optic" motif becomes especially popular during the Enlightenment, when the Church recognizes technical innovations as part of the divine plan
the fashion for
optical illusions in art was introduced by Jan van Eyck
Yeah, I've set a trend
for more than just turbans
The mirror becomes an allegory, not just a part of the interior part of the interior
"Portrait of the Arnolfini couple"
In the painting, two guest witnesses are reflected in a round mirror: the artist himself and a married couple. The mirror is the all-seeing eye of God, before which the heroes of the painting swear their allegiance. The frame consisting of medallions with scenes from the life of Christ indicates this meaning
The mirror reflects the artist and another witness. In French, convex mirrors were called "sorceresses", they increased the observer's angle of view. The presence of the mirror speaks of the virgin purity of the bride, who, according to the views on marriage at the time, was expected to remain as chaste in marriage.
According to one version, they are oranges. Being on the windowsill and on a stool by the window, can be seen as a sign of fertility. Since in the language of many peoples of Northern Europe orange literally means "apple from China" they symbolize the purity and innocence that existed in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man.
Click on the mirror
and oranges
In the 20th century,
gained magical
The mirror is a mysterious space, sometimes seeming more real than reality itself, a frightening replica of everything in existence
In the words of the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the mirror is a "pre—human view" of the world, the view of the author himself
The mirror is not only visible — it "sees" itself, often noticing what escapes our eyes.
The frighteningly distorted reflection in a Salvador Dali painting
20th century
Salvador Dali bought a painting by an old master for a fabulous price
This is the only known case where a world-famous artist bought a painting by an old master and then added his own motifs to it
Dali's painting is a few small additions on top of the subject matter
The original 16th-century work is interesting in its own right. It depicts a dressed-up woman of easy virtue looking at her reflection in an expensive mirror. The motif of narcissism refers to the medieval image of Venus with a mirror and the allegory of Vanity based on it
"Transformation. A woman with a mirror"
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Look at the painting with a magnifying glass
Daly's first addition
According to medieval beliefs drawn from the Apocrypha, If Eve's vanity was once the cause of mankind's sinfulness, it is still the first thing women need to fear.
The serpent, embodying the sin of vanity, vanitas. It braids the heroine like the biblical serpent the trunk of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
With the snake, Dali drew his greatest fear - the danger of venereal disease.
second addition
Dali’s famous ants, crawling directly on the maiden’s body, are a sign of the decomposition of human flesh. This refers us to the second meaning of the Latin word vanitas. This was the name of a special genre of still lifes, "vanity of vanities," which depicted skulls, candles, clocks, and other symbols of mortal life and decay, including mirrors.
Daley's latest addition
Dalí developed the old master's idea and took it to the limit, showing the viewer the very embodiment of sin — a phantom with a face disfigured by cosmetics. The woman, asking the question, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" — She sees that after death her attractiveness will mean nothing
After a long post, find a steel plate
Write on it with the blood of a white dove the four Divine names, Jehovah, Eloim, Metatron, and Adonai.
Then wrap the mirror with a white cloth, bring it to the sky during the new moon, say the incantation three times and call the angels, breathe three times on the surface on the surface, repeat it several times
After completing the ritual, it was necessary to insinuate himself and the made product with the sign of the cross and repeat it for a month and a half, after which the angel Anael appeared to the magician.
Ask him to fulfill any of your desires and agree with the messenger of heaven, so that in the future he would come at the first call. To do this, you will need to put saffron on the mirror and call him by name.
Lilith mirror
List all of Lilith's husbands and their servants
On a shield-shaped metal block, draw the name of God and draw the great seal of Solomon and the lesser seal of Solomon
In the center of the mirror, write Lilith's very name
On Tuesday night (Mars Day), take this magic item to a crossroads or to the grave of a murdered person and cast a spell over it, including the names of God, His angels and demons
Directors use mirrors as a magical, sinister attribute. It acts as a gateway between the world of the dead and the living.
Even today, the mirror inspires fear in us
But there’s no need
to be afraid of mirrors, they’re just reflections
our thoughts
"Geoul sokeuro"
20-year-old Tim comes out of an institution where he spent several years trying to heal from a childhood trauma. He is met by his older sister Kylie, who is convinced that an old mirror influenced his parents' death. She convinces her brother to go to the old house and destroy the ominous object there
A former New York policeman takes a job as a night watchman in the burned-out ruins of a large department store. As he walks around the charred ruins, he begins to notice something sinister in the decorative mirrors adorning the walls.
When an old mirror shattered at a holiday dinner. a mirror, Gina’s world came crashing down. When she returned home the next day, she suddenly saw herself in her car. Shocked by this, she follows the mysterious stranger to her house…
The owner of a burned-out hypermarket decides to reopen it. He hires a relative of his to be the head of the security service. And everything seems to be going well. But on the eve of the opening two strange murders take place in the shopping center.
"Look Away"
Maria finds a "girlfriend"  her own reflection in a mirror. One day, the heroine and her evil twin from the mirror change places, after which the fleshy reflection begins to realize the girl's wildest dreams and desires....
Told about the History of MIRRORS by Elizaveta Kudina
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