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AUTUMN LEAVES Illusion Del Prete Silver Coin 5$ Palau 2008


Silver coin issued by Palau which depicts a famous opera "The Dream Taken by Wind and Time" created by Sandro Del Prete, "The Master of Illusions".

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Sandro del Prete was born in Bern Switzerland in 1937. Drawing and painting had been his favorite hobbies since childhood, and so he traveled to Florence to attend the Art Academy of that City.

In developing his style, Sandro del Prete coined the term "Illusorism", this means the process of representing optical delusions when drawing pictures. These optical delusions are actually illusions in the broadest sense of the word.

"Everything that we see, can be seen in another way. Therefore, I ask myself; isn't everything that we see an illusion anyway?" Sandro Del Prete's thoughts on the human way of looking at things form the mental starting point and the driving force for his artistic activity.

The illusory effect of Illusorisms is based on intentionally misleading the viewer, as is the case with illusionists. However, it is founded on a completely different principle. The deliberate presentation of an "erroneous" perspective on certain plays of light and shadow, the interpretation of which is open to various explanations and can be used to create such Illusorisms.

"30 years ago, I observed a chameleon. I noticed how it looked frontwards with one eye and backwards with the other. I asked myself what the animal really saw; what picture it had of it's small world. From that began my interest in different perspectives"
Del Prete tried to depict in pictures objects that could be seen from two different viewpoints at the same time. From that arose a new dimension, in which the normal terms like front, back, top, bottom, right and left could no longer be used. These were then all the same, so front was at the same time back etc.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2008
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Size (mm)30 x 45
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The figure is perceptually ambiguous, in other words, the image that you perceive can have more than one interpretation. We then have to look twice and strain our eyes more. We have to first mentally digest what we saw on the spur of the moment. Only on the second glance do we recognise that an image consists of different layers and details. One of his new riddle images is this beautiful autumn scene. Look closely: In the middle of withered leaves a sleeping woman is already dreaming of the next spring…