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Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tucson, Arizona United States
October 6, 2003
ISBN: 1-55752-759-8
Visual Learning and Understanding (EMD)

Optics at the dawn of the Renaissance

Charles Falco and David Hockney


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This paper presents a variety of optical evidence that convincingly demonstrates optical instruments were in use—by artists, not scientists—nearly 200 years earlier than previously even thought possible, and that accounts for the remarkable transformation in the reality of portraits that occurred early in the 15th century.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2850) General : History and philosophy
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(100.2960) Image processing : Image analysis

C. Falco and D. Hockney, "Optics at the dawn of the Renaissance," in Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2003), paper EMD1.

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