Technical Art History: Using camera lucidas.

Technical Art History: Using camera lucidas in painting class.
A proof of concept demonstration investigating the historical use of mirrors when painting by such artist as Johannes Vermeer, Torrentius and Caravaggio, inspired by the movie “Tims Vermeer”.
For a few days in May 2015 students in a painting class at Nyckelviksskolan were equipped with 3D-Printed mirror holders and oil colours, basic limited palettes (White, Golden Ochre, Red and Black). A part of the experiment was to find out if the view in the mirror could be represented with the relatively narrow colourspace the historical limited palette was offering. The mirror holders or “camera lucidas” were modelled by me in Blender and printed on a Printrbot Simple Metal. The STL files will be uploaded to YouMagine or Thingiverse in due time.


Nyckelviksskolan (Stockholm Sweden) offers one-year programs in art, crafts and design together with a two-year professional training program for Specialist Craft Tutors. The school promotes artistic development with a focus on materials and techniques.

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