Vermeer's Camera

Vermeer's Camera

Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces

Book - 2001
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Over 100 years of speculation and controversy surround claims that the great seventeenth-century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, used the camera obscura to create some of the most famous images in Western art. This intellectual detective story starts by exploring Vermeer's possible knowledge of seventeenth-century optical science, and outlines the history of this early version of the photographic camera, which projected an accurate image for artists to trace. However, it is Steadman's meticulousreconstruction of the artist's studio, complete with a camera obscura, which provides exciting new evidence to support the view that Vermeer did indeed use the camera. These findings do not challenge Vermeer's genius but show how, like many artists, he experimented with new technology to develop his style and choice of subject matter. The combination of detailed research and a wide range of contemporary illustrations offers a fascinating glimpse into a time ofgreat scientific and cultural innovation and achievement in Europe.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2001.
ISBN: 9780192159670
Characteristics: xiv, 207 p. : ill. (some col.)


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Jan 03, 2016

This book thoroughly discussed how people thought Vermeer "might" use optical device to draw. If you really like drawing (painting), it is a good book to enlighten you how to draw "details".

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