Written and compiled by noted authority Al Seckel, Masters of Deception; Escher, Dali & the Artists of Optical Illusion is is a really cool book. Coming in at 320 pages, this hefty coffee table book is packed with incredible illusions, perverted perspectives and striking surrealism. I've long enjoyed such artwork (which is beyond my ability to produce,) and have seen many examples before, so I think it's hard to "get" me. Considering this, I was particularly pleased that I had to look at some of the images more than once, or from a distance or different angle, to see what I was missing.
Works include anamorphoses, metamorphic art, ambigrams, inversions, op art, trompe l'oeil murals and more. Media includes everything from traditional paint to thread to chocolate syrup. 20 artists are featured, one per chapter, ranging from the 16th century to the modern day. Regrettably, none are women. The book also refers to a defunct website for further investigation of the illusions. There's a replacement website available, but it doesn't seem to have everything alluded to in the book. Regardless, I'm sure that some clever web searching could turn up the missing information, or something comparable.
All things considered, those drawbacks are small. Printed on high-quality paper, the images, artists and information in "Masters of Deception" won't fail to delight, intrigue and surprise. If you can't buy it outright, check your local library (that's where I found mine.) Enjoy!
(Vertigo update; The dimenhydrinate tends to knock me out cold, so I switched to the less-drowsy [& unfortunately less effective,] meclizine. I'm having more vertigo spells than before, but they're less intense.)