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The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

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© Courtesy of Birmingham Museum of Art
The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection
Curated by: Dale Couch

90 Carlton Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6719
October 6th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://georgiamuseum.org/
COUNTRY:  
United States
PHONE:  
706.542.GMOA (4662)
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

DESCRIPTION

Organized by the Birmingham Museum of Art, “The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection,” is the first major exhibition of lover’s eye jewelry. 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. Thus, behind the skilled artistry with which each of these tiny portraits was painted lie the enchanting stories of secret romance and love lost. Accompanied by an iPad app created by the Birmingham Museum of Art, this exhibition presents an up-close experience with these delicate and exceedingly personal works of art.