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Subject: Drawing aids

Drawing aids

From: Thomas Weynants <thomas.weynants>
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2004
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Optical drawing aids in art, forerunners of photography, or other
useful utensils--comparable to brushes: This knowledge obviously was
*not* a secret in the 19th century as we all know but common
practice. I do not see why it would be called "secret knowledge"
today. In the centuries before the dawn of photography painters used
optical devices as we all know for a very long time. The question
is: when did it start exactly? I am looking for proof instead of
recent assumptions.

See <URL:> and some extra
physionotrace images produced with a physionotrace apparatus, a
mechanical wooden instrument with a viewfinder.

Is it possible to find real proof about the use of optical aids,
similar to the physionotrace, by painters in the 15th Century ...

Thomas Weynant

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