The Look of Love Exhibit, at the Birmingham Museum of Art , showcases a collection of antique lover's eyes collected over the years by a couple from Birmingham.
I have written before about Lover's Eye's here, and continue to be intrigued by them.
I became aware of them in the paintings of one of my favorite artists, Fatima Ronquillo.
Wally Workman Gallery in Austin.
Lover's eyes are hand painted miniatures of single eyes, given to loved ones as tokens of affection and/or remembrance.
Some sources claim the tradition was inspired by the Prince of Wales when, in 1785, he proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, with a miniature of his own eye.
There are those who believe otherwise.
Read more on the website of Candice Hearn, romance novelist, here.
She gives a really interesting history.
The exhibit showcases the collection of ophthamologist , Dr. David Skier and his wife, Nan, of Birmingham.
The couple began collecting these little gems when they stumbled upon a lover's eye at an antique show in Boston.
They were captivated by it and the rest is history, as they say!
To learn more about the origin of Lover's Eyes, check out the Five Minute Museum.
If you live anywhere near Birmingham, Alabama, check out the exhibit for me!