The Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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Ingvild Goetz is an other German based in Munich, whose eponymous collection (3,500 pieces to date) is displayed in a Herzog and De Meuron designed glass box, the inspiration for Tate Modern.
Goetz’s most recent project, which finished this month, was a joint exhibition of Polish artist Paulina Olowska and Scottish artist Lucy Mckenzie, called “Noël sur le balcon/ HOLD THE COLOR”. It was the first time that Goetz gave her entire space over to the artists, who curated the show and made several pices for it.