|Dimensions||28 × 22 cm|
x and 272
Book. 2023. Hardbound. US letter format, with many full color figures.
€55,00 excl. VAT
This is an art book—but an art book with a message: the “artistic eye” is not only a matter of taste but a matter of what the eye can do.
Art is a cultural enterprise that depends on many factors that science cannot explain, but understanding the eye brings new appreciation of how artists work and what art is. The human eye is not a camera.
The retina captures images through powerful but imperfect mechanisms that put constraints on how we interpret depth, contrast, shading, and color. Artists use these complex mechanisms as they transform the visual world into the ethereal enterprise we call art.
Roughly 250 examples of fine art in this book illustrate features of vision and how knowledge about the eye can augment works of art. We consider art from all ages and styles, since eyesight is universal. We hope this book will provide pleasure not only as a collection of great paintings, but also by bringing a deeper appreciation of how artists work and what art is through understanding the eye.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
THE FOCUSED IMAGE: EL GRECO AND REMBRANDT
Myopia, astigmatism, reading, and Greek pottery
PERSPECTIVE: CROSSED EYES AND TROMPE L’OEIL
Dürer, Rembrandt, Masaccio, and different perspectives
ILLUSIONS: ESCHER AND RILEY
Ambiguous images, Op Art, art that follows you, Surrealism
CONTRAST IN ART: LEONARDO AND CARAVAGGIO
Mona Lisa, Mach bands, Asian brush painting, and chiaroscuro
NIGHT, LIGHT, SHADOWS, AND ART MUSEUMS:WHISTLER AND VAN GOGH
Why art can appear realistic
SEEING ART IN COLOR: KIRCHNER AND CLOSE
Delacroix, the nature of color, Neo-Impressionism
FIXATED ON COLOR: SEURAT, TURNER, VAN GOGH, MATISSE
THE COLOR-DEFICIENT ARTIST
Henry, Bandinelli, Meryon, Milton, and Hammershøi
AGING AND THE ARTIST: TITIAN, CÉZANNE, AND PISSARRO
Late style, tearing, and glaucoma
CATARACTS: CARRIERA, CASSATT, THURBER, AND MONET
Aging cataracts, secondary cataracts, simulations of cataract effects
MACULAR DISEASE: MUNCH, O’KEEFFE, DEGAS
Age-related macular degeneration, simulating visual loss
BLINDNESS VERSUS DEAFNESS IN ARTISTIC COMPOSITION
Monet, Degas, Beethoven, Smetana, and Händel
IMAGE CREDITS AND ATTRIBUTIONS