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Why have scholars imagined that Vermeer used the camera obscura as an aid to his painting? There is, after all, absolutely no historical evidence to support this idea—the camera leaves no physical trace of its use—but only the visual evidence exhibited by the paintings themselves. Curiously, it may not be coincidental Vermeer's work rediscovered by the French Thoré-Bürge r, who was himself and amateur photographer.

The tapestries were rediscovered in 1841 by Prosper Mérimée in Boussac castle (owned at the time by the subprefect of the Creuse ) where they had been suffering damage from their storage conditions. In 1844 the novelist George Sand saw them and brought public attention to the tapestries in her works at the time (most notably in her novel Jeanne ), in which she correctly dated them to the end of the fifteenth century, using the ladies' costumes for reference. [3] Nevertheless, the artefacts continued to be threatened by damp and mould until 1863, when they were brought to the Thermes de Cluny in Paris. Careful conservation has restored them nearly to their former glory.

obscure# — obscure adj 1 murky, gloomy, *dark, dim, dusky Analogous words: shady, shadowy, umbrageous (see corresponding nouns at SHADE) Contrasted words: *clear, lucid: *bright, brilliant, luminous 2 Obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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