Beyond the Naked Eye: Details from the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Rachel Billinge
National Gallery Publications, Limited, 2005 - Architecture - 80 pages
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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Review: Beyond the Naked Eye: Details from the National GalleryUser Review - AC - Goodreads
This small-formatted book was put together by one of the conservationist at the National Gallery in London (Jill Dunkerton is responsible for the very interesting Giotto to Dürer: http://www.goodreads ... Read full review
Review: Beyond the Naked Eye: Details from the National GalleryUser Review - Goodreads
Great book. Provides unique look at painting techniques of great old masters. I just wish the layout had been different. The paintings and the microscopic photographs should have been arranged somehow ...