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Aristotle Detective (Aristotle eHere is a sudden rise of photo realism in Flemish painting Hockney posits that this is bc of the use of lenses and mirrors He goes on toxplain how medieval artisans Bones, Clones, and Biomes essentiallymbraced automation by obviating the need of sketching the subject they were going to paint In the past this was a painstaking task of yeballing where they were going to paint In the past this was a painstaking task of yeballing where artist would have to mploy their best draftsmanship skills to jot down their subject which was xtra difficult if it subject was live of moving Through the use of mirrors and lenses the subject is projected onto the artists canvas where they can simply trace the outline and make uick annotations This was revolutionary on two fronts it drastically speed up the painting process and drastically improved the photo realism of paintings specially of human subjects This allowed artists and their studios to churn out a lot commissions However this shortcut also comes w TELL TALE SIDE EFFECTS WHICH HOCKNEY USES TO EXPOSE tale side ffects which Hockney uses to Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) expose artists we revere from Van Eyck all the way down to Rembrandt and Caravaggio Notablexceptions to the lens crazy that took over renaissance Europe was Michelangelo and Rubens who stayed purists respectI would also be wanton if I didn t highlight one of Hockney s main sentiments throughout his Counter-Amores expose the artist makes the marks not the lens He is very clear in that he loses no respect for the old masters in that at thend of the day they still have to compose the piece and Dancing at Armageddon execute itIt was also interesting to see Caravaggio s hallmark style that is romanticized as Chiaroscuro which spread throughout the world is just a technical sideffect of the heavy use of opticsI would Double Jeopardy end this review with the little bit of latin I learned from the Rush movie Nihilo sanctumstne Great bookI love controversy Composition and Literature especially when it targets the art world when it stirs up the way we perceive and look at great masterful works of art when it throws a whole new massive spanner into the worksOptics oryeballedThat is the uestionI thoroughly njoyed reading this book I savoured it because of the artwork and the new light shining on them I still find myself today picking it up to on them I still find myself today picking it up to a looming uestion checking out uncertaintiesThe author has written a good book without long and technically soporific dissertations but with beautifully illustrated xamples and to the point Dark Voices explanationsI found it thrilling in its controversy and inspiring through the art portayedInteresting uestions are raised convincing points of view givenWe the reader the artist are pushed to draw our own conclusionsA good read to open your mind to the shadows lurking behind the art world than a theory on how great art could have been createdIntrigued you should be I know I was This handsome publication sets down for the record David Hockney s long and detailedxploration of the techniues and technologies that may have been used by the great masters of European painting He concentrates on the 500 year period from the beginning of the fifteenth century to the Contested Reproduction end of the nineteenth century In the process one is led to a complete revaluation and re appreciation of their workThe journey was not simple or straightforward It began with a close Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) examination of Ingres and a uestioning of the techniues used for certain ualities found in his work Hockney suspected that certain optical devices were necessary for the artist to achieve some of theffects produced By Creating Country Music examining the changing styles of the the great masters during this 500 year period Hockney came to the conclusion that the techniues used were kept secret for good reasonsconomi. Aders on a journey of discovery as he builds a case that mirrors and lenses were used by the great masters to create their highly detailed and realistic paintings and drawings Hundreds of the best known and best loved paintings are reproduced alongside his straightforward analysis Hockney also includes his own photographs and drawings to illustrate. ,

Pointed out some necessary things for a painter to realize I sort of understood in general terms that old masters used particular techniues to produce some of the most realistic looking paintings Blacklands ever made but this told of those on the specific level when and why they used them and most importantly how Optics played an important role in the development of old masters techniues and how those really shaped the reasoning and purpose of painting from the 17th century of painting to now Hockney does anxcellent job of piecing together a chronology of the historical use of optics for art making most specifically in pre impressionistic painting Researched and written by British artist David Hockney this is a compelling book which xplores the how of painting historically Hockney s thesis is that Artists Particularly Those Working In The Dutch particularly those working in the Dutch Flemish heyday like Van Eyck or Rembrandt were aided by lenses optics and mirrors to help them craft realistic artworks In this visual ssay Hockney proposes that these high tech methods date back hundreds of years further back than the common conception among art historians The book reads as if you stumbled into a college lecture and witnessed an incredibly moving account of history by a person so Evolution As Entropy enthralled by a topic that you couldn t help but feelnthralled tooRecommended for art history and museum going nerds One of the best books about art because there is a specific tooRecommended for art history and museum going nerds One of the best books about art because there is a specific directly tied to how artwork is created and then many illustrations are deployed to prove the theory Topics like biography motivation symbolism Forging Gay Identities etc are put to the side to focus on how artists see The discussion on drawing with camera lucida is interesting as Hockney brings up the concept that certain lines look confident but also he can see duration of time in lines which lines were drawn at certain speeds Hockney has a good writing voice but he only uses the necessary amount of text relying on the paintings themselves to show not tell The theory reframes art history the last 1000 years is the opticalra and what we consider modern art Cezanne Van Gogh cubism is actually reverting to the pre optic view of the world Essential reading for photographers This is one of the most remarkable books I can recall Forbidden History ever reading about any subject It is so iconoclastic and written with such authority by a person so accomplished as a practitioner in the field hexamines that the Fiche Blian ag Fás experience it provides is uniue and theuphoria it induces is realBeginning with Van Eyck and heading forward through most Esteem Enlivened by Desire every painter of note Caravaggio Velazuez and Vermeer most of all they all used optics lenses specifically to accomplish the miracles they created This technologyxplains the bounding forward that painting did in the Renaissance and afterwards It Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith explains how masters like Caravaggio did what they did with no drawing and Caravaggio s sudden depiction of deep shadows laughing faces and left hand dominant subjects Itxplains the multiple vanishing points weird bodies and white tablecloths over patterned tablecloths one finds in Velazuez And it xplains perhaps best of all the mask and chandelier in Vermeer s Art of PaintingThis book is remarkable for the creative thinking it inspires about optics technology and the creative process itself If you are at all interested in #Looking At Paintings This #at paintings this is THE MUST It will totally change your outlook The crucial book on painting Interesting study into some of the techniues of the old masters It turns most of them were probably ntrepreneurial than artistic In the They Shall Be One Flesh early 1400s Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniues of the Old Masters Hockney’sxtensive research led him to conclude that artists such as Caravaggio Velázuez da Vinci and other hyperrealists actually used optics and lenses to create their masterpiecesIn this passionate yet pithy book Hockney takes re.

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Secret Knowledge Rediscovering the Lost Techniues of the Old MastersC ones for starters but also social ones and the strong presence of mediaeval beliefs that preferred to believe in satanic influence rather than a purely mechanical device dealing with optics meant that being too open about the magical ualities achievable by various types of mirrors and The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning eventually lenses could have dangerous and deadly conseuences Roger Bacon for one suffered by being accused of a non salutary reliance on diabolic contraptions capable of creating magic Hockney began collectingarlier 12th and 13th century texts which from today s perspective are highly suggestive that special optical devices were familiar to those in the know A result of all these mindsets was that artists Hereward (Hereward, effectively remained protective and secretive about the devices and techniues they might have use for their works This further resulted in later admirers of their works developing the Romantic concept that these artists were solitary geniuses who had the gift and talent to achieve astonishingffects simply through the acuity and accuracy of their visual and manual techniues It is perhaps this latter view that proved most difficult for Hockney to counter People Under One Sky even today feel that using optical devices forffects somehow implies cheating on the part of the artists Hockney takes pains to point out that that this is simply a misunderstanding it still reuires wonderful skill and xpertise to produce masterpieces the use of optical devices does not make this less of an achievementThe book is presented in three parts The first part consists ssentially of Groom and Doom exuisitely reproduced paintings and drawings and their details all a joy in themselves The second part is a collection of historical documentation which suggest that special techniues were known to certain people and that they could and were used to greatffect The third part of the book presents notes correspondence faxes Eroarea lui Descartes etc between Hockney and variousxperts in the fields of art art historians and xperts in the field of optics It reads much like a detective story The discovery in particular that a 6 cm concave mirror acts precisely a detective story The discovery in particular that a 6 cm concave #mirror acts precisely a lens it projects pictures in the right light conditions #acts precisely a lens it projects pictures in the right light conditions a break through momentHockney has presented his arguments in this format to show that in his opinion not only did the artists of the day use whatever de Remarkable Hockney convincingly demonstrates that starting around 1430 artists used optical devices to capture figures and landscapes realistically This accounts for distortions in perspective and Caravagio like shadows because of the strong light needed to use lensesImpressionists and post impressionists wanted to do something new and so became post lens artists This is a subject that has profound implications for the translation of three dimensional reality into two dimensions as is done in representational painting and has huge relevance to our ra of photographic video and film images The binocular 22 Britannia Road eye and the singleyed camera see things differently I came to this via the film Tim s Vermeer and the Gabe Izzy excellence of my county libraryWell this is certainly not a book one could read on a Kindle Hockney works a compellingxample of show don t tell though to be fair he does both The book opens with a long section of large format and well reproduced pictures of paintings Nigella Bijt essential to and the foundation of his arguments goes on to a section of select uotes from historical documents about the uses of mirrors and lenses from Roman times onward the uote from Seneca had me giggling in this age of internet porn indeed there is no new thing under Techniues used to capture such accurate likenesses Extracts from historical and modern documents and correspondence withxperts from around the world further illuminate this thought provoking book that will forever change how the world looks at art Secret Knowledge will open your yes to how we perceive the world and how we choose to represent it. ,