as someone who should probably look in the mirror more often, this shouldn't be terribly difficult. the idea is an exercise from twyla tharp's book – the creative habit – designed to clear time and mental space to focus you.
make-up mirror 1950s by thurston hopkins
mary jane russell in dior by louise dahl-wolfe
outtake from a series taken by mark shaw for LIFE magazine in 1960. pictured is a model wearing dior.
couple d'amoureux dans un petit café by brassai
a bar at the folies-bergère by édouard manet
the comtesse d’haussonville by ingres
las meninas by diego velazquez
just above the infanta margarita's head is a mirror reflecting the king and queen, though some believe it may instead be a reflection of the painting the artist (velazquez) is working on.
another velazquez - the rokeby venus
rubens's venus in front of the mirror
if you look in the upper right corner, you can see rubens's venus with her mirror & the dark-skinned maidservant behind the red box. this was one of my favorite paintings to stop at when i worked at the nelson. as soon as the students made out the profile of the maidservant, their eyes lit up as if they had just seen a rainbow.
venus with a mirror by titian
the arnolfini portrait by jan van eyck
detail of the mirror
new york, réflexion by jean-marc bernard
a building near times square reflected as seen from the artist's hotel room window on the 34th floor.
could you go a week without looking in the mirror?
image credits: 1) surfaceview; 2) louise dahl-wolfe: a retrospective by vicki goldberg; 3) andrew wilder gallery; 4) metropolitan museum of art; 5) getty museum of art; 6) artnet; 7) museo nacional del prado; 8) the national gallery, london; 9) liechtenstein museum; 10) nelson-atkins museum of art; 11) national gallery of art; 12-14) the national gallery, london; 15) yellowkorner