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David Hockney takes us on an enthralling intellectual and visual journey as he rewrites the story of how the great drawings and paintings of the last ...Show synopsisDavid Hockney takes us on an enthralling intellectual and visual journey as he rewrites the story of how the great drawings and paintings of the last six centuries were created. He demonstrates for the first time how artists as far back as the 15th century used mirrors and lenses to project colour images onto flat surfaces and then captured these projections in pencil and paint. As well as being the presentation of more than two years' research, Secret Knowledge is an amazing detective story, as Hockney uncovers piece after piece of scientific and historical evidence, each one revealing further secrets of the past.Hide synopsis
Description:[0-14-200501-0] 2001, 1st Paperback Edition. () Fine. 296pp....[0-14-200501-0] 2001, 1st Paperback Edition. () Fine. 296pp. Large quarto with photographic wrappers. Yellow lettering on front and spine. Filled with B&W and colour photos and illustrations. Examining the author's unique thesis: that since the early fifteenth century many Western artists have used optics to create living projections. The book is divided into three sections: visual presesntation, textual evidence and correspondence with artists.
Description:Inked name/date on half title page, else near new condition,...Inked name/date on half title page, else near new condition, covers bright, text clean & binding tight / bright and crisp dust jacket. Size: 9.75" x 12.25", 296pp.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Folio. Near fine in like jacket....Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Folio. Near fine in like jacket. Touches of shelfwear at edges. Faint fading to jacket spine. Else a clean, bright, sound and sharp example. First edition of this provocative and still-controversial book in which Hockney posits the use of camera obscuras and other aids by the Old Masters. 296pp.
Description:Good. TEXT ONLY. NO ACCESS CODE. Used texts with varying degrees...Good. TEXT ONLY. NO ACCESS CODE. Used texts with varying degrees of highlighting and wear. Email for details. Could be a former library book.
Description:Pictures of the past great authors and drawings by the author to...Pictures of the past great authors and drawings by the author to help describe their techniques and how they were drawn or... New in new dust jacket. The hard cover book and dust jacket are in as new condition. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 296 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Hockney who was an accomplished painter in his own right set aside two years of his life to figure out how the old great masters created their paintings and what tools they used. He breaks these techniques down and explains them in this book.
Description:Very Good in Very Good jacket. Hardcover. 296 pages, illustrated...Very Good in Very Good jacket. Hardcover. 296 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear to dust jacket, faint foxing to top edge, else a clean, tight copy.
Publisher: Thames& Hudson 2006, expanded edition. NEW
Description:Large 4to. A high-profile study of the scientific techniques...Large 4to. A high-profile study of the scientific techniques used by the Old Masters, by one of the world's best-known contemporary artists, which will also be the subject of a 90-minute BBC documentary. A book which represents a major breakthrough in the study of art history, and which presents, for the first time, scientific and documentary evidence which has been lost for centuries. 460 illustrations, 400 in colour. * David Hockney's brilliant Secret Knowledge is the fruit of his practical and historical investigation into how artists from the 15th century onward produced such vividly realistic drawings and paintings. Hockney's conclusions are simple but devastating. He argues that, "from the early 15th century many Western artists used optics--by which I mean mirrors and lenses (or a combination of the two)--to create living projections". The results are extraordinary. Secret Knowledge carefully explains how Masaccio, Van Eyck, Holbein, Caravaggio, Vermeer and Ingres all used optical aids, as it carefully takes apart the paintings and recreates the instruments and techniques used by artists from as early as the 1430s. Hockney concedes that his opinions have been attacked by the mainstream art world that has complained that "for an artist to use optical aids would be 'cheating'; that somehow I was attacking the idea of innate genius". As a practising artist himself, his response is persuasive: "optics would have given artists a new tool with which to make images that were more immediate, and more powerful". Hockney concludes that this does not "diminish their achievements. For me, it makes them all the more astounding". Hockney's evidence is compelling and convincing, and brilliantly conveyed in this beautiful book, complete with details, foldouts and over 400 illustrations in sumptuous colour. Secret Knowledge also contains a collection of primary evidence detailing artist's use of optical devices, and Hockney's correspondence on the subject over the last two years. This book will revolutionise how we look at the art of the past. As Hockney himself suggests, "exciting times are ahead". --Jerry Brotton.
Description:Fine in n/a jacket. New. A new book. Fine in publisher's...Fine in n/a jacket. New. A new book. Fine in publisher's decorated wrappers. Available in our UK premises for prompt dispatch worldwide.
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