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Vermeer's camera : uncovering the truth behind the masterpieces

Author: Philip Steadman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001.
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Art historians have long speculated on how Vermeer achieved the uncanny mixture of detached precision, compositional repose, and perspective accuracy that have drawn many to describe his work as "photographic." Indeed, many wonder if Vermeer employed a camera obscura, a primitive form of camera, to enhance his realistic effects? In Vermeer's Camera, Philip Steadman traces the development of the camera obscura--first  Read more...
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Steadman, Philip, 1942-
Vermeer's camera.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606502914
Named Person: Johannes Vermeer; Jan Vermeer; Johannes Vermeer; Johannes Vermeer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Steadman
ISBN: 0192159674 9780192159670
OCLC Number: 45439380
Description: xiv, 207 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The camera obscura --
The discovery of Vermeer's use of the camera --
Who taught Vermeer about optics? --
A room in Vermeer's house? --
Reconstructing the spaces in Vermeer's paintings --
The riddle of the Sphinx of Delft --
More evidence, from rebuilding Vermeer's studio --
Arguments against Vermeer's use of the camera --
The influence of the camera on Vermeer's painting style --
Architectural features appearing in Vermeer's interiors --
Measurements of Vermeer's room and furniture.
Responsibility: Philip Steadman.
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This intellectual detective story starts by exploring Vermeer's possible knowledge of 17th-century optical science, and outlines the history of this early version of the photographic camera, which  Read more...

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