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Reverse Paintings on Glass - The Ryser Collection

Based on the book Verzauberte Bilder by Frieder Ryser
Edited and translated by Rudy Eswarin

The European tradition of painting on the reverse side of a piece of glass, and intending that decoration to be viewed from the opposite (glass) side, has a long history. It is traceable from the early years of the Christian era to today. Because the paints are not fused to the flass, the medium is inherently unstable, but large numbers of examples survive from the 18th century onward.

The paintings illustrated in this catalogue and shown at the Corning Museum of Glas were drawn from the incomarable collection of more than 750 examples formed by Mr. and Mrs. Frieder Ryser of Bern, Switzerland.

The Corning Museum of Glass, softcover, 1992, 168 pages.

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