Las Parcas, circa 1820-23, by Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
(1746-1828), P0757. ©Museo Nacional del Prado
Foundation of Holy María Maggiore of Rome. II. The Patrician reveals his
dream to the Pope Liberio by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 –1682), P0995.
©Museo Nacional del Prado
The Cure of Folly, The Surgeon, the Extraction of the Fool's Stone, 1556, by
Jan Sanders van Hemessen (1500-1566), P1541. ©Museo Nacional del Prado
The Contemporary Poets. A Reading of Zorilla at the Painter's Studio.
Chronology, 1846 by Antonio María Esquivel y Suárez de Urbina, (1806-1857),
P4299. ©Museo Nacional del Prado
Table covered with paintings, a mechanical violin, books and other objects
in trompe l’oeil, 1779 by Charles-Joseph Flipart (1721-1797), P7823. ©Museo
Nacional del Prado
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in both private and public collections from around the world.
- To share images of some of the greatest artwork showing vision aids,
especially antique eyeglasses.
- To educate interested visitors and professionals and thereby stimulate
further research regarding vision aids and their history.
- To increase public awareness and thereby nurture a deeper appreciation
in general for this topic.
- To accumulate some of the wealth of knowledge which exists regarding
antique vision aids.
- To introduce the OAICC (international) and the OHS (American), the two
important collectors’ clubs.
- To highlight the impact the optical lens has had on civilization over
the last 720 years.
- To become an important repository of data and information related to
many of the most significant optical objects in existence in the world.
- To be a site where major discoveries of lost and missing optical
treasures of all sorts, including artwork, can be shared with an interested
- To complement other worthwhile websites which have information on the
topic of the optical lens.
- To create a forum where scholarly people can have a dynamic exchange of
information and ideas.
- To become, in time, a general meeting place for curators, eye
professionals, art enthusiasts, collectors and/or anyone else interested in
the history of the optical lens