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

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  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustrations: 320 in full color and in black-and-white
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 11''
  • Format: Paperback
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By Al Seckel, with a foreword by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Optical illusion art, created by such innovative artists as M.C. Escher (Dutch, 18901972) and Salvador Dal (Spanish, 19041989), confuses the eye with visual paradoxes, from vibrating effects to moir patterns. Bringing together a remarkable tapestry of words and illustrations, this volume celebrates more than 400 years of the art form that defies expectation. Some of the finest and most prominent optical illusion work in a range of genres can be seen together for the first time in this unique retrospective. One of the most unusual and distinctive painters in the history of western art, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, 15261593), is best known for composite portraits made up of varied natural and man-made objects. Viewers of Dal's dream-like work each find different meanings in his imaginatively hidden surreal images. A master at illustrating figures, situations, and processes that cant possibly exist in the real world, Sandro Del-Prete (Swiss, b. 1937) challenges how we usually view an object or scene.

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