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A Pair of Eyes Between Her Fingers?

How to read this fascinating painting by Francesco del Cossa

Detail of Saint Lucy (c. 1473-1474) by Francesco del Cossa. Tempera on poplar panel. 77.2 × 56 cm. Samuel H. Kress Collection, The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Image source, The National Gallery of Art (open access)

The painting shows a woman holding a pair of eyes growing on a stalk.

It’s as if the two eyes are sprouting like flowers from buds. The eyes are wide and clear, looking upwards, shining with dots of light.

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