PRINT October 1962

Imagery and Illusion

MAN’S ATTEMPTS TO CAPTURE visible reality with pictures of his own making began thousands of years ago. Since the first paintings on the wall of caves, men have tried their hands at recreating the world around them with an Image—an Echo of Reality. For cen­turies it was believed that Magic was the source of any image not drawn by human hands.

The image in its many disguises, sometimes as an optic phenomenon, most often as an artist’s drawing, was at all times meant to astonish and entertain with the magic of visual make-believe.

THE IMAGE AS A SHADOW: The Chinese Shadow plays presented an illusion of an Image drawn and cut-out by craftsmen—the shadows of parchment puppets with mobility derived from jointed arms and legs. Shadow Plays grew out of a need for entertain­ment otherwise “tabu” to the women and children of the rich and aristocratic confined by custom to the innermost courtyards of

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