Artists’ Magic Mirrors
One of art’s oldest impulses is to depict and reconfigure the human body. From cave walls to 3D animations, we never tire of seeing ourselves reflected in artists’ magic mirrors.
Such modeling can be a talismanic act. Figurative renderings use common traits to craft icons, archetypes, and memes that shape culture. Why is it that great works of art — portraits, likenesses, and mythological imagery — resonate widely, even when they can’t possibly speak for everyone?