The Artistic Eye

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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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PROLOGUE


CHAPTER 1

THE FOCUSED IMAGE: EL GRECO AND REMBRANDT
Myopia, astigmatism, reading, and Greek pottery

CHAPTER 2
PERSPECTIVE:
CROSSED EYES AND TROMPE L’OEIL
Dürer, Rembrandt, Masaccio, and different perspectives

CHAPTER 3
ILLUSIONS: ESCHER AND RILEY
Ambiguous images, Op Art, art that follows you, Surrealism

CHAPTER 4
CONTRAST IN ART: LEONARDO AND
CARAVAGGIO
Mona Lisa, Mach bands, Asian brush painting, and chiaroscuro

CHAPTER 5
NIGHT, LIGHT, SHADOWS, AND ART MUSEUMS:WHISTLER AND VAN GOGH
Why art can appear realistic

CHAPTER 6
SEEING ART IN COLOR:
KIRCHNER AND CLOSE
Delacroix, the nature of color, Neo-Impressionism

CHAPTER 7
FIXATED ON COLOR: SEURAT, TURNER, VAN GOGH, MATISSE
Interpreting colors

CHAPTER 8
THE COLOR-DEFICIENT ARTIST
Henry,
Bandinelli, Meryon, Milton, and Hammershøi

CHAPTER 9
AGING AND THE ARTIST:
TITIAN, CÉZANNE, AND PISSARRO
Late style, tearing, and glaucoma

CHAPTER 10
CATARACTS: CARRIERA, CASSATT, THURBER, AND MONETbr>Aging cataracts, secondary cataracts,
simulations of cataract effects

CHAPTER 11
MACULAR
DISEASE: MUNCH, O’KEEFFE, DEGAS
Age-related macular degeneration,
simulating visual loss

CHAPTER 12
BLINDNESS VERSUS DEAFNESS IN ARTISTIC
COMPOSITION
Monet, Degas, Beethoven, Smetana, and Händel

EPILOGUE

IMAGE CREDITS AND
ATTRIBUTIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX


Additional information

Weight 2000 g
Dimensions 27 × 21 cm
Authors

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ISBN

978-90-6299-284-3

Pages

x and 272

Publication Year

2023

Biblio

Book. 2023. Hardbound. US letter format, with many full color figures.