Author Kazuo Ueno’s book discusses new theory of light

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‘The Light Theatre Opened to Universe (II)’ focuses on the role of light in both science and art

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Every art historian nowadays (except Kazuo Ueno) dismisses Johannes Vermeer’s hidden influence on Christiaan Huygens regarded as the most powerful light physics and astronomy researcher in the 17th Century. According to Ueno, unlike Anton van Leeuwenhoek’s close relation to Vermeer, the role of light in both science and art in Vermeer’s paintings was never recognized by anybody. He believes that Christiaan Huygens’ influence was entirely neglected in the context of Vermeer’s work even though Huygens is a scientist and so is Vermeer.

People also dismiss the fact that Christiaan Huygens invented microtonal music theory. According to Ueno, Constantijn Huygens’ (Christiaan’s father) interest for Vermeer’s painting shows that Huygens serves as the intersection between the history of painting, music and physics.

In Ueno’s “The Light Theatre Opened to Universe (II),” he masterfully lays out the elements of faith in Vermeer’s’ use of warped optics in his carefully composed paintings and the Japanese art concept called ‘Mitate’ (literally translated: look alike) that originally comes from an 18th Century Japanese Ukiyo-e painter named Suzuki Harunobu. From this, Ueno comes up with a brilliant exposition of a new theory for the pictorial universe, one that creates depth of perception and greater understanding of light in relation to what is seen.

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About the Author
Kazuo Ueno was born in 1952, in Tokyo. He is a journalist by profession who is especially interested in archaeology. He graduated from Nihon University with degrees in science and engineering; he also graduated with honors from the College of Literature and Science from the same university. He was a Tokyo Chofu City Archaeological Excavations Research Society assistant from 1980-83. His first article published in Jyuken no Nihonsi (Exam for Japanese History), Kofun (Ancient Tomb) Period, Seibun-sha Publisher, October 1985. His main published article is ‘Rekisi Dokuhon’ (History Magazine), Mawaki & Torihama Site, Shin-Jinbutu-Ourai Publisher, November 1985. Subsequently, he has had many other published articles such as ‘Rekisi to Tabi’ (History and Travel, Akita Book Store Publisher), ‘Rekisi Kaidou’ (History Road, PHP Institute), ‘AZ’ (Shin-Jinbutu-Ourai Publisher), ‘Rekisi Eye’ (History Eye, Nihon Bungei Sha). Ueno participated in the archaeological research excavation at Levroux, France (sponsored by Saint Germain en Laye Museum in Paris, France, 1981); in the archaeological research excavation at Metaponto, Italy (sponsored by Texas University, USA, 1983); the anthropological research excavation at Lazare, Nice, France (sponsored by Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris, France, 1988). From 1989-1991, he wrote for Eikoku News Digest, Ohshu Journal (these are newspapers for Japanese people who live in England). He visited Iceland for filming of an NHK natural history satellite TV programme as London correspondent/coordinator in 1996. While staying in England, he took part in international exhibitions; he was also a fixture in several projects for local museums in Japan; and published many articles in the field of archaeology and natural history as a correspondent (1989-2005). He organized the World Dugout Canoe Collection for Wakasa Mikata Jomon Museum, Fukui Prefecture, a project motivated by new stone age dugout canoe finding in Japan; and the World Earring Collection for Shinto Village, Gunma Prefecture, motivated from over 600 new stone age earring findings in Japan. Apart from the preceding activity concerning archaeology, Ueno in the 80’s and 90’s was mainly based in Tokyo in the former period and London in the latter, and a busy freelance journalist specially interested in general science and fringe science (such as UFO). A lot of articles for Japanese science journals were published in this period. He has also worked for Japanese media (TV), appearing as Science Journalist and a TV program coordinator mainly in internationally linked fringe science subjects. His published books include: “Noh Stage for Jomon (New Stone Age) People” in Japan, 2004; “New Vermeer Theory: The Light Theatre Opened to Universe,” 2008; and “New Vermeer Theory: The Light Theatre Opened to Universe (II),” 2012 (this book, but a Japanese version).

The Light Theatre Opened to Universe (II) * by Kazuo Ueno
New Vermeer Theory
Publication Date: November 25, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4836-6391-3
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