We have gone back centuries to find it’s own identities from the Byzantine Empire.
In Venice around 1000 C.E., when Seneca’s bowl and water were replaced by a flat-bottom, convex glass sphere that was laid on top of the reading material. Becoming in effect the first magnifying glass, these were basically two reading stones (magnifying glasses) connected with a hinge balanced on the bridge of the nose.
THE FIRST EYEWEAR
The development of the first eyeglasses took place in Northern Italy in the second half of the 13th century. De iride (“On the Rainbow”), written between 1220 and 1235, mentions using optics to “read the smallest letters at incredible distances”. The studies assume that the first pair of corrective eyeglasses was invented in Italy sometime between 1268 and 1300.
The existence of eyeglasses in Italy was established, and there had been significant shipments of eye glasses from Italy to Middle East, with one shipment as large as 24.000 glasses. Indeed, the earliest mentions of eyeglasses in China occur in the 15th century and those Chinese sources state that eyeglasses were imported.
By 1301, there were guild regulations in Venice governing the sale of eyeglasses.
A SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Marco Polo is a Venetian, who is sometimes claimed to have encountered eyeglasses during his travels in China in the 13th century. He was not the first Euro- pean who reach Asia but through his travel, Marco Polo’s Asia: An Introduction to His “Description of the World” Called “Il Milione”, translated by John A. Scott in 1960; it had its origins in the celebrations of the seven hundredth anniversary of Marco Polo’s birth and says that he was the first to leave a de- tailed chronicle of his experience and has inspired many other travellers.
JOURNEY TO SELF
“TO TRAVEL IS TO TAKE A JOURNEY INTO YOURSELF”
The most adventurous journey to embark on is the journey to yourself. The most exciting thing to discover is who you really are. The most treasured pieces that you can find are all the pieces of you. The most special portrait you can recognize is the portrait of your soul.