Astonishing creations by masters of the art, such as Escher, Dali, and Archimbolo; amazing visual trickery; and an illuminating foreword by the Pulitzer Prize--winning author Douglas R. Hofstadter make this 320-page, breathtaking collection the definitive book of optical illusions. Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can't just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. Some, including Sandro del Prete's charming "Window Gazing," construct illusionary worlds where normal conceptions of up, down, forward, and back simply have no meaning anymore. Others, such as Jos De Mey's sly "Ceci n'est pas un Magritte," create visual puns on earlier work. From Escher's famous and elaborate "Waterfall" to Shigeo Fukuda's "Mary Poppins," where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment and food for thought.
Masters of deception
Escher, Dalí & the artists of optical illusion
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., c2004.
320 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;29 cm.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), composite portraits
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), visual surprise
Sandro Del-Prete (1937- ), a change of perspective
Jos de Mey (1928- ), paradoxical worlds
M.C. Escher (1898-1972), master of mind and soul
Shigeo Fukuda (1932- ), visual scandal
Rob Gonsalves (1959- ), magic realism
Mathieu Hamaekers (1954- ), optical constructivism
Scott Kim (1955- ), ambigrams
Akiyoshi Kitaoka (1961- ), illusion op art
Ken Knowlton (1931- ), mosaic portraits
Guido Moretti (1947- ), transforming sculptures
Vik Muniz (1961- ), a change of medium
Octavio Ocampo (1943- ), metamorphic art
István Orosz (1951- ), anamorphoses
John Pugh (1957- ), trompe l'oeil
Oscar Reutersvärd (1915-2001), impossible figures
Roger Shepard (1929- ), mind sights
Dick Termes (1941- ), spherical worlds
Rex Whistler (1905-1944), inversions.
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Statement of Responsibility:
Al Seckel ; foreword by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Includes bibliographical references (p. -312) and index.
Optical illusions in art.
Optical illusions in art.