The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection opens on October 7, 2012 at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens. It continues until January 6, 2013, in the Dorothy Alexander Roush and Martha Thompson Dinos Galleries.
This blog has covered the exhibition at its first showing in Birmingham, AL, several times: Here by Victoria, and Here and Here by Guest Blogger Jo Manning. This is the first ever exhibition devoted to these unique miniature representations of lover’s eyes, and we hope that a number of our readers can attend this new venue.
In the words of the Georgia Museum, “Exquisite in craftsmanship, unique in detail, and few in number, lover’s eye miniatures are small-scale portraits of individual eyes set into various forms of jewelry from late-18th- and early-19th-century England. Part of a trend that began with Britain’s Prince of Wales (later George IV), clandestine lovers exchanged these customized tokens depicting one another’s eyes, as such a feature might only be recognized by persons of the most intimate familiarity.”
In the exhibition catalogue, Jo Manning has provided five fictional vignettes of possible stories behind Eyes of Love. As the Georgia Museum says, “…behind the skilled artistry with which each of these tiny portraits was painted lie the enchanting stories of secret romance and love lost.” Essays by several experts are also included.