They’re Out to Trick Us…

Title:
The Art of Illusion

Author:
Florian Heine

Publisher:
Prestel

Artists have been tricking us for 2,000 years, from trompe l’oeil frescoes in Roman villas to Duane Hanson’s eerily life-like sculptures. This fascinating look at the history of illusionistic art reveals a wide ranging of techniques designed to fool the viewer. Highlights include the 16th century scenery at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, René Magritte’s classic Surrealist works, M.C. Escher’s bamboozling drawings, Bridget Riley’s seemingly undulating paintings, Georges Rousse’s mind-bending constructions and street art which makes pedestrians unsure where to put their feet.