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Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Technique&hellip by David Hockney
152 of 158 people found the following review helpful
This is a seismic publication. It will rock the art world right down to its foundations. Hockney blows the lid clean off the secret practices of the Old Masters. He shows, with stunning clarity, that conventional European art historians have simply never understood the central and defining importance of optics - the cameras (obscura and lucida), mirrors and lenses that were all used to project images only flat surfaces. These made for very accurate painting. Artists liked it - so much easier and quicker. Clients liked it - so life-like, so real and so desirable. It was optics that made possible the uncanny, almost superhuman precision of Caravaggio, Canaletto, Vermeer, Holbein,… Read more
Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See by Donald D Hoffman
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is a ground breaking book. Hoffman proposes that seeing is a creative act of intelligence and that we literally create the visual world we live in. He explains, with persuasive clarity, that this ability is innate. We are born visually competent and that all we need to acquire visual skill is to see. Seeing is not something we learn to do, it is something we grow to do.
Hoffman shows that the image at the eye is two dimensional, not, as many people believe, three dimensional. He further shows that the visual cortex, according to certain rules, converts that 2D image into a 3D image. Hoffman describes these rules simply and clearly and with more than ample illustration. In… Read more