Eye Magic: Visual Trickery in Art

Eye Magic: Visual Trickery in Art

by Metropolitan Museum of Art
     
 

A beautifully illustrated, imaginatively designed book is packaged here with several unusual "eye magic" items. This fascinating set explores the subject of visual illusions in art and technology. The book shows and discusses many examples of trompe l'oeil (fool-the-eye) artworks, including a famous eighteenth-century painting by British artist William

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A beautifully illustrated, imaginatively designed book is packaged here with several unusual "eye magic" items. This fascinating set explores the subject of visual illusions in art and technology. The book shows and discusses many examples of trompe l'oeil (fool-the-eye) artworks, including a famous eighteenth-century painting by British artist William Hogarth, paintings by French pointillist artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, and examples from the American Op Art movement that flourished in the 1960s. Also presented are examples of moir© patterns—optical effects produced when two sets of lines or grids overlap. Much of the psychedelic poster art of a few decades ago took advantage of the effects of moir© patterns and wildly contrasting color schemes. But Eye Magic is more than an ordinary art book. One of its extra-thick covers is really a specially designed drawer containing several "eye magic" items. They include—

  • A flip book showing horses that appear to leap when the pages are riffled
  • A zoetrope drum that comes with three zoetrope picture strips
  • A mylar sheet to produce a 3D illusion in anamorphic illustrations
  • Two moir©-pattern acetate sheets printed with black grids

    For the uninitiated, the zoetrope—originally devised in the nineteenth century—is a forerunner of motion pictures. It consists of a revolving cylinder with a series of illustrations on its inside surface and evenly spaced viewing slots around its circumference. When viewers spin the cylinder and peer through the slots, they see a picture of a single object—now in motion. This book with its boxed "eye magic" items will appeal both to art lovers and to general readers who are fascinated by optical illusions. Eye Magic makes a fascinating and unusual addition to anyone's personal art book collection, as well as a truly imaginative gift item.

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the Publisher

    "This is a wonderful book with many attachments that enable actual involvement in optical illusionsâ?¦ This book can be used with younger students to encourage the pure delights in seeing. It can also be used with older students to encourage their investigations into Pointillists or Op Art, animation or even the art created by the ancient Greeks. The book may also serve as motivation for students creating their own works that utilize techniques of visual 'trickery'."

    --Jerome J. Hausman, Arts and Activities, May 2009

    Artists have been fooling the eyes for thousands of years. From Baroque trompe l'oeil paintings to 19th-century motion picture-like zoetropes and flip books to Woodstock-era 3D psychedelic illusions, viewers have marveled at brain-challenging optical effects. This unique package is a 48-page book "bound" by a specially designed drawer containing a flip book; a zoetrope drum with three picture strips; a mylar sheet to create anamorphic illustrations; and two moiré-pattern acetate sheets printed with black grids.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764178696
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    10/28/2005
    Pages:
    48
    Product dimensions:
    8.22(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.93(d)

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