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What artist was the first to use camera obscura?

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November 06, 2008 10:26PM

It cannot be stated with certainty what artist was the first to use a camera obscura. The principle was first described by Aristotle in the 4th century BC. In the 15th century AD Leonardo da Vinci wrote a description of the camera obscura, though it is not probable he used such as an artist. It has recently been suggested (though not proved) that it was used by 15th century Flemish painters. We know, however, that it was used by Vermeer and other Dutch artists in the 16th century.