Imagine tourists flocking to a famous beauty spot, only to turn around and fix their eyes on its reflection in a tiny dark mirror.
Before the French Revolution, professional models were salaried professionals. That would all change in the nineteenth century.
The miniature paintings celebrated and commemorated love at a time when public expressions of affection were uncouth.
James McNeill Whistler created the famous "Peacock Room" for a wealthy patron. But the patron never actually wanted it.