"Recently, David Hockney did an extraordinary thing: he put down his brushes and stopped painting. He had become gripped by a desire to find out how the artists of the past had managed to depict the world around them so accurately and vividly. As a painter constantly faced with similar technical problems, he asked himself: 'How did they do this?' For the next two years, he sacrificed his own time as an artist to follow this mystery trail, obsessively tracking down the hidden secrets of the Old Masters. As news of his investigations spread, his sensational discoveries became the subject of headlines, media attention and debate among prominent scientists, art historians and museum directors worldwide.
Now, for the first time, Hockney recounts the story of his quest as it unfolded. He explains how he uncovered piece after piece of scientific and visual evidence, each one yielding further revelations about the past. With the benefit of his painter's eye, he examines the major works of art history and reveals the truth of how artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez, van Eyck, Holbein, Leonardo and Ingres used mirrors and lenses to help them create their famous masterpieces."
There are a few pages with creasing of their corners and the inside front page has some stains, but otherwise the book pages are in very good condition. There is some slight foxing along the top edges of the pages.
The yellow hardback cover is in very good condition.
The inside of the dust-cover has some staining and there is a small tear on the back, but it is in good condition.