Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cheaters' Secrets

New Scientist asks if Renaissance painters "cheated" by using optical devises. Well, I think clearly the answer is yes. Vermeer "cheated" too. David Hockney outlines such enterprises in his book Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Masters (751.409 H685). We have two copies.

Image: NS/Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia/The Bridgeman Art Library

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