Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

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Thames & Hudson, 2006 - Camera lucidas - 328 pages
David Hockneys controversial book, now revised in paperback with thirty-two new pages of evidence
Join one of the most influential artists of our time as he investigates the painting techniques of the Old Masters. Hockneys extensive research led him to conclude that artists such as Caravaggio, Velzquez, da Vinci, and other hyperrealists actually used optics and lenses to create their masterpieces.

In this passionate yet pithy book, Hockney takes readers on a journey of discovery as he builds a case that mirrors and lenses were used by the great masters to create their highly detailed and realistic paintings and drawings. Hundreds of the best-known and best-loved paintings are reproduced alongside his straightforward analysis. Hockney also includes his own photographs and drawings to illustrate techniques used to capture such accurate likenesses. Extracts from historical and modern documents and correspondence with experts from around the world further illuminate this thought-provoking book that will forever change how the world looks at art.

"Secret Knowledge" will open your eyes to how we perceive the world and how we choose to represent it.

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User Review  - hcubic - LibraryThing

I first wrote about the controversial thesis of this book back in January of 2000, when my "Pick" was an article about David Hockney by Lawrence Wechler in the New Yorker. With the publication of this ... Read full review

Interesting subject beautiful book

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This book is a fascinating read on David Hockneys research on techniques used by the old masters of painting. The book is beautifully produced with rich full page images of the paintings in question ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
25
Section 2
41
Section 3
45
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About the author (2006)

David Hockney was born in England in 1937 and studied at the Royal College of Art. He achieved international acclaim by his mid-twenties as part of the pop art movement and has gone on to become one of the best known artists of his generation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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