Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

by Al Seckel
     
 

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Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can’t just take a…  See more details below

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Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can’t just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. From Escher’s famous and elaborate “Waterfall” to Shigeo Fukuda’s “Mary Poppins,” where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment.

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“[G]reat full page pictures, and just plain fun to browse.” —Library Journal
“Children will find pleasure in [this] book, alongside their parents.” —Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402751011
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
168,408
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.96(d)

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