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The Look of Love

2012 | Birmingham Museum of Art
Exhibition Catalog
208 pages / hardcover with dust jacket
Typeset in Didot and Archer
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This exhibition explored the little-known subject of “lover’s eyes,” hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert with a miniature of his own eye, he inspired an aristocratic fad for exchanging eye portraits mounted in a wide variety of settings including brooches, rings, lockets, and toothpick cases.

With over 100 examples, the collection of Dr. and Mrs. David A. Skier of Birmingham is the largest in the world. This exhibition offered an unprecedented look at these unusual and intriguing works of art.

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