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Vermeer's Camera Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces

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ISBN-10: 0192803026

ISBN-13: 9780192803023

Edition: 2002

Authors: Philip Steadman

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Over 100 years of speculation and controversy surround claims that the great seventeenth-century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, used the camera obscura to create some of the most famous images in Western art. This intellectual detective story starts by exploring Vermeer's possible knowledge of seventeenth-century optical science, and outlines the history of this early version of the photographic camera, which projected an accurate image for artists to trace. However, it is Steadman's meticulous reconstruction of the artist's studio, complete with a camera obscura, which provides exciting new evidence to support the view that Vermeer did indeed use the camera. These findings do not…    
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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.57" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgements
List of plates
List of illustrations
Introduction
The camera obscura
The discovery of Vermeer's use of the camera
Who taught Vermeer about optics?
A room in Vermeer's house?
Reconstructing the spaces in Vermeer's paintings
The riddle of the Sphinx of Delft
More evidence, from rebuilding Vermeer's studio
Arguments against Vermeer's use of the camera
The influence of the camera on Vermeer's painting style
Appendices
Architectural features appearing in Vermeer's interiors
Measurements of Vermeer's room and furniture
Notes
Further reading
Picture credits
Index