ART 1930

Special Topics:

Optics and Art


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Updated 24 February 2003.

Ref. No. 24147
Wednesday    -    4:00 pm to 6:45 pm
CH 158 (initial meeting)

The idea for this course grew out of the discussions between artists and scientists on campus concerning the controversial ideas put forth in the recently published book by David Hockney, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. Hockney interprets the use of optical devices, which has long been acknowledged, to capture the natural world as "cheating". This course will, rather, research their use by identifying those paintings, the optics used, and the history of optics and art. The students will create their own investigation and interpretation of this theory. No previous experience is needed. This course will be team taught by an art historian (Elizabeth Kirby), artist (Julie Baroody), and physicist (James Carr).

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