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On reflection

Miller, Jonathan, 1934-1998
How can we tell the difference between a reflection and the real thing? How does a reflection betray its identity? Why is it that when we look at a mirror we can see either our reflection or the mirror but not both at the same time? How and when do we learn to recognise our own reflection? What does a reflective surface look like and how can we distinguish it from a non-reflective surface? Why is it that certain paintings may be turned upside down and still be visually acceptable? How are the various qualities of reflection represented in art - from the diffuse sheen of burnished copper to the realism of silvered glass?In this innovative book, published to accompany the exhibition Mirror Image at the National Gallery, London, Jonathan Miller discusses these puzzling questions and investigates the pictorial representation of reflection - 'sheen, shine, glimmer and gleam' - through a wonderfully varied selection of paintings and photographs, covering nine centuries, drawn from the National Gallery and other international collections.
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On reflection / Jonathan Miller ; [editor, Valerie Mendes].
London : National Gallery Publications ; [New Haven, Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, c1998.
224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
"Published to accompany an exhibition entitled Mirror image: Jonathan Miller on reflection, at the National Gallery, London, 16 September-13 December 1998"--T.p. verso.Illustrated lining papers.Includes bibliographical references (p. 214-215) and index.
Foreword / Neil MacGregor -- Light and lustre -- Highlights -- Reflective glass -- Shading and shining -- Virtual surfaces -- Looking at and looking through -- Seeing backwards -- Invisible mirrors -- Self-recognition -- Self-regard -- Self-representation -- The camera as mirror -- Self-assertion -- Someone else.
1857092368 (hardback)0300077130 (back cover)03000771301857092376 (pbk)1857092368
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