Definition of Claude glass in English:

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Claude glass

Pronunciation: /klôd/ /klōd/


A convex dark or colored glass that reflects a small image in subdued colors, used by landscape painters to show the tonal values of a scene.
Example sentences
  • The more portable cameras were undoubtedly used, along with Claude glasses, by the amateur.
  • Tourists, inspired by the Picturesque movement, started coming in the 18th century, peering at sublime mountain scenery through their Claude glasses.
  • The must-have for 18th-century tourists and amateur artists was a tiny tinted convex mirror called a Claude glass (named after 17th-century landscape painter Claude Lorrain).


Named after the French painter Claude Lorrain.

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