the Apollo Convex Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Apollo convex mirror is one of the largest I’ve made.  The frame has been gilded with gold metal leaf in order to “back light” the glass on top.  Each ray of the sunburst is covered in deep layers of yellow, sand, pale gold Venetian rods.  I occasionally place a gray rod in to give contrast and depth to the layers.  Around the rim of the mirror are round cabochons that have been roughly gilded.

The Apollo convex mirror is around 36 inches in diameter and is going to be placed in the Ainsworth-Noah showroom in Atlanta.

Jewelry for walls!

A painting depicting the god Apollo by Charles Meynier circa 1789-1800

The name for this mirror, Apollo, is a tribute to the mythical god. He is most associated with the Sun and his metaphorical journey across the sky riding his sun chariot. The god Apollo was a major Greco-Roman god who was associated with the bow, poetry, music and divination. The epitome of youth and beauty, source of life and healing, patron of the civilized arts, and as bright and powerful as the sun itself, Apollo was, arguably, the most loved of all the Greek gods. He was particularly worshiped at Delphi, the most famous of all religious sanctuaries in the Greek world.

The spectacular ceiling fresco( 1752) by Giambattista Tiepolo for the entry staircase at the the Wurzburg Residenz. This dazzling depiction of Apollo and the four corners of the known world brought the curtain down on the Venetian golden age of painting.