Representing a wide range of artistic schools, the selection includes works by famous artists--such as Vittore Carpaccio, Raffaello Sanzi (known as Raphael), Andrea del Sarto, Francesco Mazzola
(known as Parmigianino), Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Antonio Canal (known as Canaletto), Claude Lorrain, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Francisco Jose de Goya, Theodore Gericault, Eugene Delacroix, Edouard Manet, Edward Burne-Jones, James Whistler, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and Georges Seurat--as well as superb and poignant drawings by lesser-known artists.
Mirrors also foster a consciousness of existential paradoxes such as the coexistence of temporal and eternal identities and socially contingent and independent "selves." Shakespeare's sonnet 24 and Montaigne's reference to "My looking glass" depict this combination of self-knowledge and separation from a stable self, as does Francesco Mazzola
Parmigianino's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (c.1523-4).
26, features a selection of over 100 works, including those by Giorgio Gandini del Grano and Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola
), from the 16th and 17th centuries.