Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Did the Great Masters Cheat Using Optics?

Andrew Gelman posted some very interesting information regarding a talk on a given by David Stork:

"In 2001 artist David Hockney and scientist Charles Falco stunned the art world with a controversial theory that, if correct, would profoundly alter our view of the development of image making. They claimed that as early as 1420, Renaissance artists employed optical devices such as concave mirrors to project images onto their canvases, which they then traced or painted over. In this way, the theory attempts to explain the newfound heightened naturalism of painters such as Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin, Hans Holbein the Younger, and others."

The rest is of the post worth reading and there are a couple of interesting links to related sites.



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