Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge

Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

Book - 2006
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Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniques of the Old Masters. Hockney's extensive research led him to conclude that artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, 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 Knowledge will open your eyes to how we perceive the world and how we choose to represent it.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking Studio, 2006.
Edition: New and expanded ed.
ISBN: 9780142005125
Call Number: 751.409 HOCKNEY
FINE ART/Techniques
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Subjects: Painting -- Technique -- History.
Drawing -- Technique -- History.
Painting -- Technological innovations -- History.
Optics and art.
Camera lucidas.
Camera obscuras.


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May 01, 2012

An important book and essential reading for all art lovers. The book itself and its illustrations are beautiful.

Jun 10, 2003

This book is a must read for art lovers. Did you know you could take a simple camera obscrua on a nice sunny day, dud up a friend, and voila! You have a masterpiece that rivals Van Eyck, or Holbein, or Da Vinci! Just trace a few simple lines, fill in with color and there it is. And still life is even easier, as long as the fruit doesn''t rot. Secret knowledge, indeed. Who knew that they did it this way? And all those years I spent in awe. Otherwise this is an engaging read.


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