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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:Good in good dust jacket. A few small tears to the dust jacket...Good in good dust jacket. A few small tears to the dust jacket edges. Good condition book. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
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Description:Very Good. Bright and complete with dustjacket and sound square...Very Good. Bright and complete with dustjacket and sound square binding. No names or apparent interior markings. The dustjacket is worn at the the spine and corners. A very good 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:Good. 0142005126 USED BOOK in good condition | No supplements |...Good. 0142005126 USED BOOK in good condition | No supplements | Normal wear to cover and spine | Corner wear | Inventory sticker present | Corners rubbed | Page markings/highlighting.
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. First edition, first printing. Hardcover....Fine in Fine jacket. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Black cloth with title stamped in silver on spine, with illustrated dust jacket. Text by David Hockney. 296 pp., with 460 illustrations, 402 in color, beautifully printed on heavy paper. 12-1/8 x 9-3/4 inches. CONDITION: Fine in Fine dust jacket.
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