Uncovering the Truth Behind the MasterpiecesBook - 2001
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: New York Oxford University Press, 2001
Branch Call Number: ANF 759.9492
Characteristics: 207 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm