Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters


By (author) David Hockney

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 237mm x 300mm x 26mm | 1,840g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500286388
  • ISBN 13: 9780500286388
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 510 illustrations, 442 in colour
  • Sales rank: 33,979

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This is the book that turned the art world on its head, now with new and exciting discoveries. Hockney takes his thesis further, demonstrating how Renaissance artists used mirrors and lenses to develop perspective and chiaroscuro radically challenging our view of how these two foundations of Western art were established.

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Author information

David Hockney is one of the most popular artists in the world today, and has an almost unrivalled status in the world of contemporary art.

Review quote

When looking at pictures, one can have no more stimulating and provocative companion than Hockney. ("The Times Literary Supplement," London)

Table of contents

Introduction; The Visual Evidence; The Textual Evidence The Correspondence; Endmatter.