Optical illusion art, created by such innovative artists as M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali, confuses the eye with visual paradoxes, from vibrating effects to moire patterns. Bring together a remarkable tapestry of words and illustrations, Masters of Deception 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 is best know for composite portraits made up of varied natural and manmade objects. Viewers of Dali's dream-like work each find different meaning in his imaginatively hidden surreal images. A master at illustrating figures, situations, and processes that can't possibly exist in the real world, Sandro Del Prete challenges how we usually view an object or scene. Escher's work appeals to both mind and soul, whether it's Ascending and Descending, which depicts an impossible staircase or Day and Night, perhaps the most admired example of tessellating and morphing figures and tiling the visual plane. Scott Kim's Ambigrams, Guido Moretti's Transforming Sculptures, and Rex Whistler's Inversions are among the other masterful illusions featured in this wide-ranging volume.
The brilliance of perfect optical illusions come strikingly close to life in this stunning work of art. From Escher to Muniz, Dali to Gonsalves, the world's masters of visual and perceptual illusions are showcased for your delight.
Don't misunderstand, here - it's not the complete works of Escher, with all the best Dali and a couple of others thrown in. This volume contains only a very few examples of the most powerful works of a handful of major mindtwisting visual artists.
No, it's not just a gallery. Instead, what we have are explanations - the "why?" of Escher, the "what?" of Dali, and the "how the -?" of modern shadow-sculptures. (The sailing-ship of scissors on the back must be seen.) The origins and evolution of the school of illusion are described in detail, but in such a way that the reading is far from dry.
Buy it. You won't regret it.