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Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali and the Artists of Optical Illusion Paperback – 1 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 01 edition (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140275101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402751011
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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[G]reat full page pictures, and just plain fun to browse. "Library Journal" Children will find pleasure in [this] book, alongside their parents. "Wall Street Journal ""


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
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his book is a delightful treat to anyone who loves optical illusion.

Here's a quote from the author, Al Seckel, in the introduction:

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In researching and presenting optical illusions to wide audiences, I have found that their effect on people is very primal. It does not matter how old they are, how artistic they are, how intelligent they are, what their background or culture is; people just love optical illusions and enjoy being deceived in a delightful and surprising way.

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He has done a terrific job at research on the subject, collecting over hundreds of paintings all the way back from the 16th century. Many of the optical illusions found on the Internet are just extensions or interpretation of these masterpieces.

There are 20 artists featured in the book. Every one comes with a well written introduction and a gallery of their best work. While the book can't print all the art work for each artist, it has packed enough to entertain for hours. Each is also captioned to explain the idea and inspiration behind.

There's an incredible array of artistic style used in creating optical illusions. There's Escher who plays with perspective, Shigeo Fukuda who works with light and shadow and many more.

This is a very entertaining book.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2009
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This is a fantastic value book - great if you are particularly interested in visual illusion in art or it also makes a lovely coffee table book that you can just pick up and flick through whenever it takes your fancy!

The book covers 20 different types of visual illusion (e.g. visual suprise, paradoxical worlds, change of perspective, optical llusion, impossible figures etc) by focusing on the work of 20 different artists including Salvador Dali, Sandro Del-Prete and Escher. The layout is clean and simple and there are plenty of pictures to peruse! You also get information/background on each artist and their work so the book is a good all-rounder if you are a student.

In summary, a must-buy for any art enthusiast but you don't have to love art to love this book as it's such a joy to look through! I notice new things every time I pick this one off the shelf - highly recommended!
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This is a marvelously entertaining book that will please both the general reader and those interested in art history. It is, amongst other things,one of those rare books that are better when thumbed through with someone else. The editor has put together some genuinely amazing artists whose cleverness jumps off the page. I imagine teachers could enliven any classroom with the contents of this book. I hope there is a second volume on the way, perhaps including the work of the World War I camouflage artists.
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I bought this for my daughter who was interested in illusion in art but I didn't want to overdo one artist or another just help her understand that there are lots of artists creating illusions in different ways. She loves it and often dips into it taking it to school to show friends or trys to make drawings like some of the drawings in the book. A great introduction for all ages, could do with more pics and less text but having said that for the price it is a very good start.
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this book is excellant a differant view on pictures a good stocking filler for artists and non artists delivered very quickly and in excellant condition
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This is a fascinating book. Unfortunately some of the works only really work when seen for real (i.e. the original model) but that doesn't really detract from the other amazing pictures. I did find it extraordinarily heavy and a struggle to read in bed!
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Also for my grandaughter's 21st - she's doing an Art degree - and much appreciated
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I'm always a bit wary when I see reviews (especially non-Amazon purchased) which say "I bought this for a friend and it is so good I am going to buy one for myself!" Yeah, sure. But that is exactly what happened. Really, honest injun! This is the single most delightful thing I have bought in many years of treating myself from the Amazon cornucopia. I bought it on spec and you should too. It is amazing, enthralling and simply beautiful and wonderful. It's coffee-table book size and, whether you just want to look at the incredible pictures or read the illuminating text (or both) you will be entertained and fascinated page after page. Pure gold!
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