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Arnaud Maillet

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

Titles by This Author

Use and Meaning of the Black Mirror in Western Art

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 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.