Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali and the Artists of Optical Illusion Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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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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Here's a quote from the author, Al Seckel, in the introduction:
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.
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.
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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Lovely reference book for anyone who loves art or who is an artist like myself.Published 6 months ago by Dav E Turner
good service, was given to family member as xmas present. well worth the money, outstanding pictures and informationPublished 6 months ago by Mrs L Phillips
This was a gift and they loved it, the book is filled with pages of detailed facts and history of the various artists and artwork as well as pages of glossy pictures of various art... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristian C
Amazing book, bought for the wife. If you like playing with perspectives, this is for you.Published 9 months ago by El-Bandido
Good book with some very nice pictures. it will take you some time to look at the pictures as they are so good.Published 12 months ago by Susan Bailey