Beyond the Naked Eye: Details from the National Gallery

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Jill Dunkerton, Rachel Billinge
National Gallery Publications, Limited, 2005 - Architecture - 80 pages
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What admirer of a great Renaissance painting has not wished for the chance to approach it closely and examine each tiny detail? This unique book permits just such a close-up view of some of the most beautiful masterpieces in the National Gallery, London. Using photography taken through a microscope, this book shows details from paintings that would not normally be seen: a gem sparkling on a ringed finger, a minute insect, intricate brushwork, the texture of a painted surface.

Each of the macrophotographs in the book documents around a half-inch section of a Renaissance panel painting, revealing the smallest details in works by Lucas Cranach, Jan van Eyck, Fra Angelico, Raphael, and many others. The complete paintings are shown at the back of the book. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this jewel of a book is an irresistible treasure for every art lover.

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About the author (2005)

Jill Dunkerton is Restorer at the National Gallery, London. Rachel Billinge is Rausing Research Associate in the National Gallery’s Conservation Department.

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