I was recently moved by the sight of Jim Hodges’ glass sculpture, ghost (2008), currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in the exhibition, Give More Than You Take. The wall text explains that the sculpture had been inspired by an early 16th century Albrecht Dürer watercolor and the work certainly projects, from within its vitrine, ethereal concepts of the natural world.
ghost also reminded me of this “miscellaneous” 19th century stereo view by an anonymous maker. It reflects a Victorian tradition of preserving flowers and arraigning them in ways that would communicate sentiments about loved ones, as well as religious beliefs. This image is brought closer when viewed in 3D.
Like Hodges’ work it is a poignant expression of the material desire to capture fleeting emotions.