Episode Fourteen: The Camera Obscura

This week’s episode is about the camera obscura (A.K.A. the pinhole camera).1552598346_161dde9047_z It’s a fun and historical device used by astronomers and artists. You can even make one yourself for safe eclipse viewing.

Also, do check out pictures of Vermeer’s paintings here: Essential Vermeer

Do you think he used a camera obscura to create his art? Does it matter?


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