Eyes at Bottom

Discover another "unknown" theme in art: the artist's eye or eyes at the bottom of the picture. By placing forms in eye-shapes near the lower edge, the artist communicates that the image above is inside his mind by being, so to speak, behind his forehead. And, although the practice is pervasive in art used by painters from the Renaissance to the present day, I have never come across any mention of this in the literature. Like the ubiquity of self-representation itself, this particular strategy to convey it, one of many, also remains "unknown".