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#29310 - 05/17/01 11:13 PM Re: trompel'oeil  
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Lucy, here's another word that won't help you.
some of Escher's illusions are 'tessel[l]ations'.

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/3828/tdevils.html

#29311 - 05/18/01 11:27 AM A more generic term  
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Optical illusion


#29312 - 05/18/01 03:22 PM Re: A more generic term  
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I agree with Faldage. When I was little I would get "optical illusion" books from the library, to amuse myself. And they would have drawings in them as described, where you see two images at once. There are famous ones: the vase/faces one, and the young lady/old lady one. The Canadian flag is such an illusion too. If you look for an image in the white space you see two angry faces looking kind of downward - they say it's symbolic of the everlasting conflict between the French and the English - the two solitudes!


#29313 - 05/18/01 05:20 PM Re: A more generic term  

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The Canadian flag is such an illusion too. If you look for an image in the white space you see two angry faces looking kind of downward

that's boss, bean =)

i HTLIU, so if anyone else is interested, here's a link:

http://www.pch.gc.ca/ceremonial-symb/english/emb_flag_intro.html


#29314 - 05/18/01 05:42 PM Re: Name for a pictorial illusion  
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Since we're so shy around here about coining words, how about "illumages?"


#29315 - 05/19/01 04:10 PM tessellations  
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some of Escher's illusions are 'tessel[l]ations'.
Sorry, but the word tessellations does not refer to the optical illusion, but to the geometric fact of covering a surface - usually the plane - by that thing we call tassello. My dictionary gives dowell, plug, inlay - I have no idea which one is the correct translation .


#29316 - 05/19/01 07:35 PM Re: A more generic term  
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The Canadian flag is such an illusion too. If you look for an image in the white space you see two angry faces looking kind of downward

Must one smoke some maple leaf before one can see this? This sounds like those verdammte "Magic Eye" things that I could never see the hidden picture in!



#29317 - 05/19/01 07:54 PM Re: trompe  
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So does this date back to Rome? We see all those fancy painted walls in Pompeii.

No, I don't think that the Roman painters intended to deceive anyone. The paintings weren't "realistic" or "photographic" enough. I think that they're just another example of the famous Roman lack of originality in anything except military and governmental innovations (and even those were more evolution than revolution). The artists painted what they "saw". They borrowed most of their artistic devices from the Greeks (along with literary styles and a fair chunk of the language).

Even then, it could be argued that Greek sculpture showed more flair than the Roman. Roman sculpture tended to be painfully life-like and stiff; I don't know about you, but Greek sculpture to me always seems to flow by comparison! And I also remember reading, yonks ago, that most of the "Roman" sculptors were actually Greek artisans and/or slaves. How true this is I couldn't say.

Although the Romans whupped the Greeks and took over their country, you can't help feeling that the Greeks were laughing at the Romans behind their backs ...



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#29318 - 05/19/01 08:04 PM Re: tessellations  
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"Tessellation" is mosaic work. The Romans were famous for it - look at all those villa floors. And the only use I can remember of the word in the context of "modern" art does refer to "mosaic" work, eg pointillism. I remember reading that "Seurat 'tessellated' the canvas". I also seem to recall reading that some forms of fabric art carried out by sewing small pieces of material onto a base piece to form a picture - a fabric mosaic, if you will - was referred to as tessellation. But YCLIU.



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#29319 - 05/19/01 08:46 PM Re: tessellations  
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>>some of Escher's illusions are 'tessel[l]ations'.
>Sorry, but the word tessellations does not refer to the optical illusion, but to the geometric fact of covering a surface...

and I was referring to the fact that these works of Escher are commonly referred to as tessellations -- he used this technique to create these particular illusions. [see the link] - as I said, this is of no help in the word search, merely a punctilio of interest.




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