By Thomas Sowell
A columnist for the Scripps-Howard information provider has compiled a number of of his brief essays written for the typical reader right into a assortment, masking such themes as affirmative motion, media hype, and gay politics.
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For shadows in photography see M. Luckiesh, ‘The Cast Shadow’, in Light and Shadow and their Applications, New York 1916. For the simulated shadows of computer graphics see William J. Mitchell, The Reconfigured Eye, Cambridge, MA 1992. See also L’Ombra, ed. Silvana Sinisi, exhibition catalogue, Casa del Mantegna, Mantua 1979. 18. B. Chipp, Theories of Modern Art, Berkeley, CA 1968. 19. For the nineteenth-century vogue of shadow displays in France see Michel Melot, L’Oeuil qui rit, Fribourg 1975, pp.
The lightening of the palette which we associate with the eighteenth century favoured a return to even illumination, but the vedutisti of Venice, such as Guardi (Plate 32), rarely followed Leonardo’s advice of hiding the sun behind a veil. Plate 32 Francesco Guardi, Venice: The Arsenal, 1755–60 (detail). 9 cm. Plate 33 Giorgio de Chirico, The Enigma of a Day, 1914. Oil on canvas, 83 × 130 cm. Even before the end of the eighteenth century, observations of the variety of light effects in the open air had led to fresh interest in the colour of shadows12 which were particularly eagerly studied by the Impressionists.
The cornice of the great architectural frame around the National Gallery’s altarpiece by Mantegna can, on occasion, cast half a dozen separate shadows on the wall (Plate 5). In museums today the eyes in portrait busts are often concealed by shadows, and the noses cast several – sometimes falling to both the left and the right. ‘The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art’ – the subtitle of this book – is inseparable as a subject from the depiction of translucency and reflection, both necessarily part of the depiction of light (whether natural or artificial).
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