Optical Insights into Renaissance Art
David Hockney and Charles M. Falco
In this feature, world-renowned artist David Hockney and University of Arizona optical sciences professor Charles Falco explain how Hockney’s observation that certain Renaissance paintings seemed almost “photographic” in nature led them to launch an inquiry into the
possibility of finding scientific evidence that some of the
Old Masters relied on optical aids. Hockney’s visual
observations received scientific validation when application
of basic optics principles to a number of Renaissance
paintings began generating remarkably consistent results.
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