Fascinated by optical phenomena and curious to explore the limits of picture making, painters share a long history of creating visual puzzles, composite pictures with shifting perspectives. Ambiguous images whose various levels of meaning depend entirely on the observer's point of view have drawn more than a few painters' brushes over time. This rich volume is dedicated to that multifarious tradition, from early Indian and Persian miniatures of imaginary anthropomorphic landscapes, to Giuseppe Arcimboldo's pictures of the seasons, and finally the works by the great surrealist masters Max Ernst and Salvador Dal', encountering along the way such diverse artists as Francis Picabia, William Hogarth, Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Tony Cragg and Kara Walker. Dal', whose work is at the center of this book and gives it its title, came up with no less than seven strata of perception for his work The Endless Enigma, in which parts of the picture merge into ever-new scenarios depending on the individual area the viewer chooses to focus on. A unique presentation of ambiguous pictures that originated in different cultures and epochs, The Endless Enigma: Dal' and the Magicians of Multiple Meaning reveals the enormous complexity of this artistic phenomenon, underlining the meaning of the method of seeing and discovering.
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Book Description Hatje Cantz, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Dali, Salvador (illustrator). 9x11 Inches. New hardcover in dust jacket, no markings. Still in shrinkwrap. 282 pages, 235 reproductions, 166 in color. Bookseller Inventory # 025193
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Book Description Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX3775712836
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Book Description Hatje Cantz Verlog, Germany, 2003. Book Condition: New. First English-language edition. Overview of the history of the double image from the 11th C to the present. Text in English. Mint new HB copy, unopened. 9-1/4 x 11-1/4, 284 pp, glossary, b/w & color photos & illus. New. still in unopened shrinkwrap. Hardcover in green cloth boards; in color illus jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 27829
Book Description Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P113775712836