the Tadzio Mirror

In All, Mirrors by Arif


The Tadzio mirror is comprised of a wood frame that has been gilded with rings of silver and gold metal leaf.  The inner surface has been embellished with clear, straw and warm gray Venetian glass rods.

Attached to the frame creating a sunburst are clear quartz crystal points and labradorite, faceted spheres flashing peacock colors in the depths of the mineral.

The mirror is actually a large cabochon backed with a mirror.

This oval mirror is about 12 by 11 inches in diameter.  It resides in my studio till being shipped to one of my showrooms. 

Jewelry for walls.

The Tadzio mirror is named after the elusive and beautiful boy in Thomas Mann’s novel, Death in Venice( 1912), who unwittingly leads to a haunted admirer’s death.

Luchino Visconti’s sumptuous adaptation of Mann’s classic about a composer, paralysed by ennui and repressed emotion, who discovers a last vestige of beauty and emotion( Tadzio) during a visit to Venice at the turn of the century. Believing himself lost to the muse, he becomes obsessed by a beautiful young boy holidaying with his mother in the city.


Luchino Visconti’s sumptuous adaptation of Death in Venice from 1971.
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In 1973 Benjamin Britten wrote an opera based on Death in Venice.
The boy Wladyslaw Moes who may be the inspiration for Tadzio. Go to for more