John Dee’s Claude Glass

John Dee’s Claude Glass

[Thought to have once belonged to John Dee (1527-1609), this object is a “Claude glass:” a convex piece of glass with a black blacking. They were popular among artists and tourists to look at landscapes (with their backs to the subject). Dee is said to have used this object like a crystal ball for divination (telling the future or fortunes) or scrying (seeing visions).]



Credit: Science Museum, London

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Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

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