„Magic mirror in my hand,
who is the fairest in the land?”
Everybody knows this quote from „Snow White”. However, mirrors haven’t always been regarded in literature merely as tools allowing one to see their own reflection. Very often magical powers were attributed to them: they showed the impossible, revealed secrets or enabled contact with different worlds. This demonstrates how these pieces of glass covered with metal have always fascinated and inspired humanity. Find out how mirrors have been presented in literature:
Mirrors inspired classic masters of painting and keep inspiring the contemporary ones. Painting a mirror was not only an excuse to show beauty and realism of one’s reflection but also allowed experimenting with optics.
The most famous paintings with the mirror motif are as follows:
Nowadays mirror production is easy and relatively cheap. Mirror-like surfaces can be manufactured using different materials, in various shapes and sizes. Therefore, they are often used by artists and architects.