the Florestan convex mirror

In Mirrors by Arif

The Florestan convex mirror is composed of green fluorite points and various sizes of fluorite spheres.Clear Venetian glass rods add to the glitter and complexity of the composition.

Fluorite is a stone of growth and renewal helping us to connect with nature and align with the natural order of the universe. A Heart Chakra crystal, Green Fluorite helps to heal heartache, past trauma and emotional wounds enabling us to open our hearts to love.

The Florestan convex mirror is about 15 inches in diameter. It is being enjoyed in my studio prior to being shipped to one of my showrooms.

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Pierrot and Harlequin by Paul Cezanné, 1888

Florestan is part of a piano cycle by Robert Schumann( 1810-1856) named Carnival. These pieces express different characters of the Carnival season, specially those associated with the Commedia dell’Arte. Florestan (Passionato) is the passionate extrovert side of Schumann, capricious, moody, and unpredictable. A half-remembered echo of an earlier work keeps breaking in and interrupting the waltz, which finishes — or, better, cannot finish at all — in a paroxysm of rage. For more go to

Fidelio is Beethovan’s only opera. Florestan is one of the lead roles and has a very challenging aria in the second act. The libretto, with some spoken dialogue, tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio”,rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Bouilly’s scenario fits Beethoven’s aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph. With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe, such topics are typical of Beethoven’s “middle period”. Notable moments in the opera include the “Prisoners’ Chorus” (O welche Lust—”O what a joy”), an ode to freedom sung by a chorus of political prisoners, Florestan’s vision of Leonore come as an angel to rescue him, and the scene in which the rescue finally takes place. The finale celebrates Leonore’s bravery with alternating contributions of soloists and chorus.