"...highly engaging...This vivid introduction to the use of
illusion in art makes often complex visual effects understandable
and fun. Chapters on trompe l''oeil, surrealism, perspective,
anamorphosis, reversible images and op art explain the concepts
with remarkable clarity; handsome reproductions, including works by
artists as diverse as Raphael and Magritte, Holbein and Dali, are
riveting. Seurat, Escher and the vegetable'' artist Arcimboldo have
their own well-deserved sections, which, like the others, include
numerous exercises in looking at the images and even creating
one''s own optical illusions."--Publishers Weekly.
"...encourages young readers to analyze and discover ways the
artist has worked."--Arts & Activities. A Quick
Pick for Reluctant Readers'' Choice 1997.