Secret Knowledge Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

ISBN-10: 0142005126
ISBN-13: 9780142005125
Edition: Expanded 
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Description: David Hockneys controversial book, now revised in paperback with thirty-two new pages of evidence Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniques of the Old Masters. Hockneys extensive research led  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.75" wide x 12.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 4.4
Language: English

David Hockneys controversial book, now revised in paperback with thirty-two new pages of evidence Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniques of the Old Masters. Hockneys extensive research led him to conclude that artists such as Caravaggio, Velzquez, da Vinci, and other hyperrealists actually used optics and lenses to create their masterpieces. In this passionate yet pithy book, Hockney takes readers 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 techniques used to capture such accurate likenesses. Extracts from historical and modern documents and correspondence with experts from around the world further illuminate this thought-provoking book that will forever change how the world looks at art. Secret Knowledgewill open your eyes to how we perceive the world and how we choose to represent it.

David Hockney was born in England in 1937 and studied at the Royal College of Art. He achieved international acclaim by his mid-twenties as part of the pop art movement and has gone on to become one of the best known artists of his generation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Introduction
The visual evidence
The textual evidence
The correspondence
Bibliography
List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Index

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