Masters of Deception

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Masters of Deception

Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion

By Al Seckel; Douglas R. Hofstadter (Foreword by)

Sterling, Paperback, 9781402751011, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007

Description
Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we can t just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. From Escher's famous and elaborate Waterfall to Shigeo Fukuda's Mary Poppins, where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment.


About the Author
by Al Seckel

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning "Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid".


Praise For Masters of Deception

[G]reat full page pictures, and just plain fun to browse.” Library Journal
Children will find pleasure in [this] book, alongside their parents.” Wall Street Journal