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Girl With A Pearl Earring: Looking Beneath The Surface

Earlier this week a team of technicians and researchers armed with some of the most advanced equipment available began an extensive examination of a small oil painting dating from the mid-1600s. The painting is Girl with a Pearl Earring by … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 3)

In two earlier posts we described the work of artists who create artwork that challenges the viewer’s perception – work that goes beyond simple representation and fools the eye as well as tricking the mind. The first post looked at … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception

Artists in Western countries have a long tradition of using design elements in careful ways to create illusions. By subtly manipulating these elements they have been able to transform a mundane flat surface into what appears to be a window … Continue reading

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Loving Vincent: A Painted Life

I was recently reading about the soon-to-be released feature-length animated film, Loving Vincent, that follows the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. I was struck by both the artistic vision of the producers and the complicated process of its … Continue reading

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Painters and Optical Devices (Part 3 Richard Estes)

This is the third and final post in a series describing how artists have used optical devices, cameras and photographs to aid and inform their representational paintings. The first post looked at the work of Johannes Vermeer. The second post … Continue reading

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