Translucent Layering

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I recall two favorite desserts from childhood.  One was layer cake. Pan cakes were always a relative disappointment. I missed the beauty of those layers. The other was apple strudel. Again, it was those delicate multiple pastry layers that appealed … Continued

Mapping Light, Finding Edges

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Mapping cities was one of the earliest modes for picturing them. From the Tang dynasty of ancient China to European concepts of ideal cities in the early Italian Renaissance we have pictured cities as we conceive and desire them to … Continued

Building Arches and Avenues

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Artists of the 18th century toyed with the imaginative uses of linear perspective.  From Piranesi to Canaletto to Hogarth, artists built believable architectural spaces testing the limits of linear perspective. For example, Piranesi described domes, cylindrical buildings and complex fantasy … Continued