Dionysus as the Artist's Subject: Analysis of 'Mirror with Heracles, Dionysus, Ariadne, and Eros'

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A characteristic product of the Etruscans, they provide a great deal of information about Etruscan bronze technology and the development of Etruscan art. An example at the Walters Museum, "Mirror with Heracles, Dionysus, Ariadne, and Eros," allows the viewer to see such an object and come to an appreciation of the skilled and intricate work required by an artisan to make it. Many Etruscan mirrors are decorated with a similar scene, which also appeared in Greece during the fifth century BCE, often on painted terra cotta vases. Art historians at the British Museum have undertaken a project to catalogue all known existing Etruscan mirrors.
In the photo shown on the Museum's website, one cannot see the front of the mirror. In order to create a reflective surface, the front of ancient mirrors were either highly polished or covered with a thin layer of silver ("Mirror"¦" n.d.). Most reflective disks were slightly concave in order to provide a good view of most of the upper body when the mirror was held at arm's length (Swadding n.d.). In some instances, mirrors such as these were made for ceremonial purposes and remained decorative objects, rather than utilitarian ones. Religious figures were often depicted on ceremonial pieces as well as everyday objects.…
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