Jean François Niceron () was a catholic friar^, mathematician, and an artist with a passion for investigating perspective. He was a. La Perspective Curieuse Du Reverend P. Niceron Minime: Divise’e En Quatre Livres () (French Edition) by Jean Francois Niceron and Marin Mersenne . NICERON, JEAN-FRANçOIS(b. Paris, France, d. Aix-en-Provence, France, 22 September )geometrical optics. Source for information on Niceron.

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Book four deals with the distortions created by refraction. Print this article Jea all entries for this topic Cite this article. From Jexn, the free encyclopedia. There is a LOT to be plumbed in the back pages of BibliOdyssey, particularly among the links at the ends of site entries like here!

His painting The Ambassadors is the most famous example for anamorphosis, in which a distorted shape lies diagonally across the bottom of the frame. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. He attempted to apply this theoretical knowledge to the anamorphic paintings and murals that he was producing and he published his first book on the subject when he was jeqn years old ‘Thaumaturgus Opticus’. In closing, I’ll just note that this subject gets very heavy, very fast, once you dip your toes into the mathematical dimensions of optical physics, and I’ve hopefully avoided that here for all our sakes.

Retrieved 30 April Ars Noceron Lucis et Umbrae:: Book three discusses and explains the anamorphosis of figures that are viewed by reflection from plane, cylindrical, and conical mirrors. From he also served as auxiliary visitor for Minim monasteries.

Niceron showed, for example, how to construct on the interior surface of a cone a distorted jiceron which, when viewed end on through the base, appears in proper proportion. In the original work, Niceron concentrated primarily on the practical applications of perspective, catoptrics, and dioptricsand on the illusory effects of optics, then traditionally associated with natural magic.

Sympathetic to the nicero magic still current in his time, he tended to view optics as the art of illusion rather than the science of light. This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat Learn more about citation styles Franncois styles Encyclopedia.

Hans Holbein the Younger is well known for incorporating this type of anamorphic trick. Viewing this from an acute angle transforms it into the plastic image of a skull. So I’m happy enough to copy a couple of chunks from the Wikipedia articles because they’re not bad as light subject overviews. A number of editions were released from the jena to the s that varied the amount of text from the first edition. The and francoia are both available online. Niceron reworked La perspective curieuseaugmented it with new observations, and translated it into Latin under the title Thaumaturgus opticus, niveron amiranda optices, etc.


It contained the first published reference to Descartes’s derivation of the law of refraction. The added work on optics by Mersenne contained the author’s final contributions to optics, including experimental studies of visual acuity and binocular vision and a critical discussion of contemporary hypotheses on the nature of light.

It’s comforting to see that some of my own fumbling experiments in the field of calculated perspective weren’t entirely a waste of time. He closely followed optics and geometryand used this knowledge to create the anamorphic paintings for which he is known.

Jean François Niceron – Wikipedia

Paris,X, — 8 Dec. In the 20th century some artists wanted to renew the technique of anamorphosis. Niceron’s academic connections kept him well informed about the latest advancements in scientific thinking, particularly within the fields of optics and geometry. Some commentary suggests that Niceron was a leading lightif not the first, to properly attempt an analysis of optical properties such as anamorphosis.

When standing in front of the art work in a specific spot, the architecture blends with the decorative painting. While I have no real basis to disbelieve that assessment, a lot of treatises on perspective were published before Niceron’s time by eminent scientists and artists and I think this deep subject requires a lot more study than a mere skim of a search engine results page to draw definitive conclusions.


Short VCU staff member page. They used to have the only version of Niceron’s book on the web search his name from here. Posted by peacay at 7: During the 17th century, Baroque trompe l’oeil murals often used this technique to combine actual architectural jeaan with an illusion. Geometric Perspective and, no doubt, others I’m forgetting. Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne in French.

He explained how to draw on a plane surface a distorted figure which, when viewed by means of a cylindrical mirror standing perpendicular to the plane, appears in normal proportion. He died in in Aix-en-Provenceaged Dioptrics is a branch of optics dealing with the refraction of light, especially by lenses Anamorphosis is a distorted projection of an image which only becomes clear when the observer’s point of view changes or it is viewed as a reflection produced by a specific curved mirror surface The 17th century book illustrations below instruct artists about the basic geometrical properties involved in producing artworks with some types of projected and distorted niecron and optical illusions.


This was to have been followed by two other editions, but Niceron died before he could complete them. He was a native of Paris but travelled widely in Europe and was awarded a professorship in Rome. The Artificial Magic in Optical Distortions Catoptrics is an area of jeaan concerned with the properties of reflection and the formation of images by reflecting light off mirrors.

Inat the age of nineteen, he joined the Order of Minims. Jan Dibbets conceptual works, the so-called “perspective corrections” are examples of “linear” anamorphoses.

Here Niceron abandoned any effort at general treatment and concentrated instead on constructing an optical device consisting of jran polyhedral lens that niceton elements of one figure and unites them into another, totally different figure.

Short Museo Galileo page on anamorphosis note sidebar links BNF has a lot in its online catalogue, but I’m not sure how much is actually online. Book II, which is addressed to the problem of establishing perspective for paintings executed on curved or irregular surfaces for example, vaults and nichespresents a general technique of anamorphosis; that is, the determination of the surface distortions necessary to bring a picture into perspective when viewed from a given point.

Here Niceron shows, for example, how to construct on the interior surface of a cone a distorted image which, when viewed from the end through the base, appears in proper proportion. Dynamic Geometry Software by Adrian Oldknow.

Intent on finding a scientific solution to the problems presented by perspectiveNiceron worked out the geometric algorithms for producing anamorphic art and inat the age of 25, published a treatise titled La perspective curieuse, ou magie artificielle des effets merveilleux roughly translated as “The curious perspective or artificial magic of marvelous effects”.

It contained the first published reference to Descartes’s derivation of the law of refraction. The frequent travels required by the latter post weakened his already frail health, and he died at the age of thirty-three while visiting Aix.

jena He studied under Mersenne at the College de Nevers in Paris and then entered the Order of Minims, where he took his second name to distinguish him from a paternal uncle, also named Jean.