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David Hockney - The Lost Secrets of the Old Masters

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A Very interesting interview with David Hockney, where he explains and demonstrates the use of camera obscuras and camera lucidas in the artwork of the Old Masters chronicled in his book Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters.






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And, if you want to take Hockney's discoveries and revelations a step further, watch "Tim's Vermeer".


This film - produced by Penn and Teller - features their close friend, Tim Jenison (founder of Newtek and inventor of the Video Toaster) as he moves from studying a particular Vermeer painting (The Music Lesson) - to actually reconstructing a close replica of Vermeer's studio, and, through the use of technology that he theorizes Vermeer used in the creation of this masterpiece - actually attempts to recreate "The Music Lesson", using the same technology.


The results are astounding - especially if you consider that Tim Jenison is not an artist - nor has he ever painted before in his life.


An enjoyable and phenomenal film.



Greg Smith

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