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Title :

The camera obscura and painting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Author :
DELSAUTE, Jean-Luc ;
Conference :
Vermeer studies ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Concentrates on the psychology of the users of the camera obscura in the 16th and 17th cs., seeking to understand the role the machine might have played in Dutch 17th-c. painting and the work of Vermeer. Describes the types of cameras and their various developments. Discusses examples used or discussed by Hans Hauer, Johannes Kepler, Johannes Zahn, Giambattista della Porta, Samuel van Hoogstraeten, Constantijn Huygens, G.J. 's Gravesande, C.A. Jombert, and Canaletto. Posits that, as with 'perspective machines,' the camera obscura was of more theoretical than practical interest in the 17th c., and, citing the perspective work of Hans Vredeman de Vries and Abraham Bosse, demonstrates the two systems as forms to explain sight. Concludes that the camera obscura may have interested Vermeer, but was not a tool used to assist in his drawing - unlike the case of Joshua Reynolds a century later. ;
Pagination/Size :
9 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Camera obscura ; Dessin ; Pays-Bas ; Peinture ; Perspective ; Sciences ; Vermeer, Jan, 1632-1675 ; Vue ; 1500-1800 ; 1600-1700 ;
Descriptors :
Camera obscura ; Drawing ; Netherlands ; Painting ; Perspective ; Science ; Sight ; Vermeer, Jan, 1632-1675 ; 1500-1800 ; 1600-1700 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
Is part of :
conference-meeting-part
Source :
Studies in the history of art, 1998
INIST identifier :
24974540 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0091-7338 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;