The image is a creature whose essence is to be a species, a visibility or appearance. Special is the creature, whose essence coincides with its possible to see, with his species. Special is the creature that coincides with what is visible, with its revelation.
The mirror is where we discover that we have an image and, together, that it can be separate from us, that our species, or “imago” is not ours. Between the perception of the reflected image and an identification with it, there is a range, that the medieval poets called love. The mirror of Narcissus is in this sense, the source of love, the unconceivable and fierce experience that the image is and is not our image. Giorgio Agamben, Profanazioni
Francesca Grilli (1978)