• William Holman Hunt

    Seeking out Mirrors

    I’m not sure why I’m so drawn to paintings with mirrors in them, but I seem to seek them out. Specifically, mirrors on walls — not mirrors as a symbol of vanity. When I see a mirror in the background, I feel as if the artist has offered me a different perspective, allowing me to peer into a small, secret…

  • Emma Sandys,  Paintings

    Preparing for the Ball

    I have a weakness for paintings with mirrors in them.  Preparing for the Ball by Emma Sandys is a perfect example.  According to Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists by Jan Marsh and Pamela Gerrish Nunn, this painting has been known by more than one title:  Preparing for the Ball, Before the Mirror and The Lady of Shalott.  Does she look as if…

  • Books,  Burne-Jones,  Personal

    The Mirror!

    In this previous post, I mentioned a mirror seen in Fair Rosamund and Queen Eleanor by Burne-Jones and also in The Return of Tibullus to Delia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This seemingly mundane object has captured my attention, mainly because I have this nagging feeling that I’ve also seen it elsewhere, but can’t remember where. I was so excited this…

  • Personal,  Site Related

    In which we discuss multi-faceted mirrors

    Tonight I was browsing through images and happened upon The Return of Tibullus to Delia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  This painting interests for many reasons, mainly because it marks the early period of Rossetti’s relationship with Elizabeth Siddal.   It has been written that when Rossetti was sketching his study for Delia, that he fell in love with Lizzie as she…