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On Reflection: Jonathan Miller

Subtitle
Jonathan Miller: on refelction
Synopsis
Four short programmes in which Jonathan Miller draws on geometry and perception to look at how artists use reflections and mirrors in their paintings. He explores not only how artists have found the technical means to depict the full range of refelctive surfaces, but also how they have used mirrors and windows to symbolise moral and psychological states: 1) Seeing Ourselves: how children learn to recognise their images in mirrors and how this helps them to form a sense of self; 2) how different surfaces reflect in different ways; 3) Perception: windows and convex mirrors, and how artists have enjoyed playing with the various visual effects and ambiguities resulting from light striking glass; 4) Uses Hoogstraten’s ‘Peepshow’ to discuss how people know a flat reflective surface is a mirror and not a picture, window or door.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 35 min.
Year of production
1998
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale £10.00 (inclusive)
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 16/9/98.
Subjects
Art
Keywords
light; visual perception

Credits

Cast
Jonathan Miller 

Production Company

Name

London

Distributor

Name

National Gallery Publications Ltd

Email
online@nationalgallery.co.uk
Web
http://www.nationalgallery.co.uk/products/art_books/art_dvd_cd External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7747 2870
Address
St Vincent House
30 Orange Street
WC2H 7HH

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