It is a very erudite study that explores the history and use of the Claude glass from many different directions The Claude Glass a mirror made of black glass used by landscape painters to udge hues is as this work demonstrates a potentially rich source of metaphor and allegory This is an intriguing but occasionally obtuse text that attempts to locate deep cultural meaning implied in the black mirror s disturbing and sometimes contradictory symbolism Interesting read lots of exciting information Arnaud Maillet s study of the Claude Glass was informative and ins. A study of a largely forgotten optical device and its relation to notions of opacity transparency and imagination In this first full length study of a largely forgotten optical device from the eighteenth century Arnaud Maillet reconfigures our historical understanding of visual experience and meaning in relation to notions of opacity transparency and imagination Many are familiar with.
Ightful in the main As an artist and geometer I found all of the information contained in the book of great interest and instructive As one who has of late been studying the subject of reflections and mirrors in general as well as applications to the nuero visual and geometric this filled an improtant gap in my knowledge It may not be a perfectly organized study but it is the only one I am aware of in English It had the effect of my creating my own Claude Glass with a converse clock face glass cover and enamel black paint sprayed on the back I have been enjoying ex. The Claude glass as a small black convex mirror used by artists and spectators of landscape to reflect a view and make tonal values and areas of light and shade visible In a groundbreaking account Maillet goes well beyond this particular function of the glass and situates it within a richer archaeology of Western thought exploring the uncertainties and anxieties about mirrors reflectio.
Perimentation with it since and will no doubt employ it in some art work Any book that prompts one to use the information inside is a book worthy of reading I think It seemed to cover the various areas of the subject It s developement and history occult use for scrying as a device for reducing an image and also foraccessing the tonal values I doubt I would reuire another book on the subject after reading and studying this one The material presented is interesting for those unfamiliar with the Claude glass but the writing challenges the reader even a few with PhDs. Ns and their potential distortions He takes us from the magical and occult background of the black mirror through a full evaluation of its importance in the age of the picturesue to its persistence in a range of technological and representational practices including photography film and contemporary art The Claude Glass is a lasting contribution to the history of Western visual culture.