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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Tuesday, August 21, Curious Perspectives. He closely followed optics and geometryand used this knowledge to create the anamorphic paintings for which he is known. From he also served as auxiliary visitor for Minim monasteries.

His Perspective curieuse defines the range and nature of the problems he addressed; later editions of the work simply provide more detail. Here Niceron shows, for example, how to construct on the interior surface of a cone a distorted image that, when viewed from the end through the base, appears in proper proportion. This work has been translated in part by Ant. He explained how to draw on a plane surface a distorted figure which, when jeam by means of a cylindrical mirror standing perpendicular to the plane, appears in normal proportion.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Hans Holbein the Younger is well known for incorporating this type of anamorphic trick. While in Italy in —, Niceron measured the declination of the magnetic compass in Ligurno, Rome, francoiw Florence. Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema. 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.

The and editions are both available online. In 18th and in 19th iean, anamorphic images had come to be used more as children’s frabcois than fine art. In the 20th century some artists wanted to renew the technique of anamorphosis.

Niecron four deals with the distortions created by refraction. Posted by peacay at 7: He died in in Aix-en-Provenceaged Views Read Edit View history. It contained the first published reference to Descartes’s derivation of the law of refraction. Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae:: His painting The Ambassadors is the most famous example for anamorphosis, in which a distorted shape ffrancois diagonally across the bottom of the frame.


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Sympathetic to the natural magic still current in his time, he tended to view optics as the art of illusion rather than the science of light. He studied under Mersenne at the College de Feancois in Paris and nicwron entered the Order of Minims, where he took his second name to distinguish him from a paternal uncle, also named Jean.

Although clearly a capable mathematician, Niceron was interested more in practice than in theory. It was through his association with this society that Niceron became acquainted with leading intellectuals in both Paris and Rome, such as Fermat, Desargues, Descartes, Gassendi, Roberval, Cavalieri, Kircher, Maignan and others.

Plane anamorphosis by Jean Francois Niceron, 1638.

This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat The prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux may also possess this technique because the oblique angles of the cave would otherwise result in distorted figures from a viewer’s perspective.

If you include ANY links that aren’t pertinent to the blog post or discussion they will be deleted and a rash will break out in your underwear. His trancois with these societies fancois to associations with some of the top intellectuals from Paris and Rome.

Aix-en-Provence, France, 22 September geometrical optics.

From to he collaborated with a group of scientists in Rome including Magiotti, Baliani, Kircher, Ricci, and Maignan in conducting experiments suggested by the work of Galileo.

Book four deals with the distortions created by refraction. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Book three discusses and fully explains the anamorphosis of figures that are viewed by reflection from plane, cylindrical, and conical mirrors. The edition online via Google ebooks is perhaps the easiest site in which to see all the plates in thumbnail form. They used to have the only version of Niceron’s book on the web search his name from here. Retrieved from ” https: These relationships with the academic world helped him stay up to date with intellectual advancements.


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.

Jan Dibbets conceptual works, the so-called “perspective corrections” are examples of “linear” anamorphoses. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Some commentary suggests that Niceron was a leading lightif not the first, to properly attempt an analysis of optical properties such as anamorphosis.

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


Niceron showed, for example, how to construct on the interior surface of a cone a distorted image which, when viewed end on through the base, appears in proper proportion. A number of editions were released from the frandois to the s that varied the amount of text from the first edition.

Book three discusses and explains the anamorphosis of figures that are viewed by reflection from plane, cylindrical, and conical mirrors.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. It concentrates primarily on the practical applications of perspective, catoptrics and dioptrics.

He attempted to apply this theoretical knowledge to the anamorphic paintings and murals that he was producing and he published his first book on nicwron subject when he was 25 years old ‘Thaumaturgus Opticus’. The publication also associates the illusory effects of optics with a contemporary acceptance of natural magic or proto-science.

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