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DON QUIXOTE Illusion Del Prete Silver Coin 5$ Palau 2008


Silver coin issued by Palau which depicts the illusion of Don Quixote from the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes, 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.

Originally titled "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha was published in two Part, the first one in 1605 and the second in 1615 by is by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It was translated to English in 1885 by John Ormsby.
It is one of the greatest novel of all time, Cervantes uses the theme of the idealistic, insane knight and the devoted, down to earth squire to portray many complex themes through a plethora of unforgettable incidents, tragic and comic in a blend of great variety and colour. The book is unsurpassed as a masterpiece of droll humour, a scintillating portrait of 16th century Spanish society made all the more beautiful by the fantastic prose style.
Cervantes started the novel in order to parody the many romances of chivalry which were circulating in those times and which the Church was unsuccessfully trying to check, but the hero got the better of him.

Having read some tales of chivalry, Don Quixote decides to set out in search of adventures, defend virtue and punish those who violate the code of honour. It occurs to him to make his servant Sancho Panza his armour-bearer.

  • 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 riddle images is the figure of Don Quixote from the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).
What do you see under the big helmet? Don Quixote on his horse Rosinante, followed by his squire Sancho Panza? Or do you see the face of the „The Knight of the sorrowful countenance”? Look closely…