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14th century spectacles, artwork

14th century spectacles, artwork

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Caption

Artwork showing a man writing while wearing spectacles to correct long- sightedness (hypermetropia). Spectacles are thought to have been invented in the late 13th century in Italy, where this picture was created. Spectacles to correct short-sightedness (myopia) were not available for another 200 years. Artwork dated 1352.

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