HIDDEN PICTURES by Linda Bolton

HIDDEN PICTURES

Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Using 23 paintings and drawings from Western art--from the Renaissance to Picasso, Dali, and Escher--Bolton presents an intriguing survey of visual ambivalence: anamorphic art, read in a convex mirror (reflecting paper, to roll into a tube, is provided); images whose distorted perspectives are resolved by viewing from a particular angle (getting these right isn't easy; still, the point is adequately made); pictures in which one image coexists with another (a 16th-century painting of a man, entirely composed of animals). The easily understood text tells something about the art and the artists' intentions--playful, experimental, or political--and includes instructions for making an anamorphic picture and ``secret'' (elongated) writing. A provocative book that will get readers thinking about the art, as well as the fascinating visual trickery. (Nonfiction. 9+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8037-1378-9
Page count: 58pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993