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About the Author

Arnaud Maillet is an art historian who received his doctorate at the University of Paris I. The Claude Glass is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books; First Printing edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189095148X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890951481
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert N. Taylor on January 15, 2008
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Arnaud Maillet's study of the Claude Glass was informative and insightful 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 experimentation 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 for
accessing the tonal values. I doubt I would require another book on the subject after reading and studying this one.
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The Claude Glass, a mirror made of black glass used by landscape painters to judge 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.
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A beautiful, interesting book on the subject of the use of dark mirrors in magic practices and as a visual, reflective tool in artistic image making for the old master painters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Made me want to buy my own obsidian magic mirror! Nice photo illustrations. Book received in fine condition.
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By PEM on September 30, 2014
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The material presented is interesting for those unfamiliar with the Claude glass, but the writing challenges the reader - even a few with Ph.Ds
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The "Claude Glass" sounds like a very interesting topic, but the handling of this topic by the author A. Maillet is out of the limits of professional academic research. The very short chapters filled with heterogeneous thesis and arbitrary pictures and diagrams evade a clear art-historian or philosophical approach of the Claude Glasse's use for artists in the 18th century. The first interesting thesis, that you expect normally in the introduction, is presented on page 163 (of 221 pages main-Text): "The Claude Mirror... is... an apparatus that enables one to transpose reality into a melodious harmony." In the internet you find articles that give you more insight for free.
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