Chapter 11 – Camera Obscura
Below is the British National Gallery and one of the huge lions guarding Trafalgar square. (I took this in 2007)
“Because her face is out of focus, but her bottom is sharp. I mean, soft, but sharp. That’s not the way he paints the cherub, whose face is in vivid focus but in the same plane as the mirror—because he was painted from imagination, or from a different sitting.”
Venus at her Mirror – Diego Velazquez –
Lucien discusses the Camera Obscura that it’s theorized was used to make this painting. It’s postulated that the Dutch painter Vermeer also used this device. It’s explained in the book, but click to go to Wikipedia if you’re interested.
“It’s a Michelangelo,” Lucien said. The picture, while almost ten feet tall, looked to be part of a larger piece, perhaps an altarpiece, with the Madonna in the center and the Christ child…. The shadow of her robe had been shaded in black, but otherwise it had never been painted.