Sarah Jane sent me this lovely little article about a minor genre of painting I’d never heard of before: eye portraits.

I don’t know if it is a coincidence or not that this article was published about the same time that we all started wearing masks in pubic, but it’s certainly striking how masks frame the eyes in a way that that is evocative of these uncanny miniatures.

18th c elliptical eye

masked-lady1935-17-14-ov copyMaybe it’s time to start making eyes again.

warm eye

 

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