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Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone addresses these and many other questions in Vision and Art, a lively look at the science underlying art. She writes accessibly, but with plenty of technical depth, on such matters as the nature of light and the visible spectrum, the organization of visual-image processing, the structure of the vertebrate eye and brain, and individual and culturally conditioned perceptions of color. Using well-known works of art as case studies, she offers fascinating bits of trivia (on, for instance, how pastels are made and why purple dyes are so rare) alongside practical information for artists (for example, how high-contrast contours and evenly distributed luminance attract the eye).
The result is a literate, lucid blend of art and science that will appeal to artists and connoisseurs alike. --Gregory McNamee
The book is in OK condition but has a completely different cover. Possibly a different revision.Published 7 days ago by Bob Sherman
Very technical, but the book opened my eyes (sorry for the pun) about the topic.Published 8 months ago by Gary Smith
Coffee-table type "art" book, interesting content, gorgeous images. I haven't read very much of it due to "lack of time", but it's there waiting for a quiet day!Published 14 months ago by John D.