Vision and Art

Vision and Art

The Biology of Seeing

Book - 2014 | Revised and expanded edition.
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With the original release of Vision and Art in 2002, Harvard professor Margaret Livingstone successfully bridged the gap between science and art, exploring how great painters fool the brain: why Mona Lisa's smile seems so mysterious, or Monet's Poppy Field appears to sway. In the revised and expanded edition, Livingstone presents two new chapters of her latest observations, has substantially expanded other chapters, and updates the rest of the existing text with new insights gleaned from her ongoing research, bringing the book to the cutting edge in the field of neuroscience. Accompanying Livingstone's lively prose are many charts and diagrams that lucidly illustrate her points, as well as in-depth analyses of the phenomena found in major works of art. Be it the explanation of common optical illusions or the breakdown of techniques painters use to create those illusions, Vision and Art provides a wealth of information for artists, scholars, and scientists alike.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2014.
Edition: Revised and expanded edition.
ISBN: 9781419706929
Branch Call Number: 750.18 LIVINGS
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hubel, David H.


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Jan 05, 2016

Well trained fine artists know how to draw and paint as a professional fine artists. Nevertheless, they may not know the physiology behind. This book explains the visual effect of fine arts from the perspective of physics & biology. This book is not to teach you how to draw but explain the physics & biology of eyes and brain behind why you see the visual effect on paintings.


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