Optical instruments and imaging: The use of optics by 15 th century master painters

David Hockney, Charles M. Falco

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We discuss some of the details of the optical technology that was known at the dawn of the Renaissance. We shown that it is quite easy to fabricate concave mirrors of suitable focal length, diameter, and resolution for 15th century artists to have used to project images. The information in this paper complements information on the actual optical evidence that we have presented elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number01
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Jun 15 2005
EventOptical Design and Testing II - Beijing, United States
Duration: Nov 8 2004Nov 11 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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