Masters of Deception Escher, Dali and the Artists of Optical Illusion

ISBN-10: 140275101X

ISBN-13: 9781402751011

Edition: 2007

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Description: 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. 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.

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Al Seckel is currently working on a comprehensive academic treatise on illusions for Massachusetts Institute of Technology and working in the Division of Computational and Neuronal Systems at Cal Tech in Pasadena. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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