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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 1 month ago by John D.
Interesting book, although a bit too scientific for my taste. I will try to finish it, but I have a feeling that I will move on to a book that helps me understand how people see... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pat R.
A very impressive and useful book for the visual artist. The material can be a little technical but they've done a great job of explaining it with lots of illustrations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D Fitzgerald
This is a valuable tool for artists who are interested in how their work is perceived and interpreted by others.Published 7 months ago by Reenan
Good and helpful book, regardless of the teacher not actually assigning reading it helped studying it more than taking notes and studying those.Published 12 months ago by Alexandra
Deep and a bit technical but very interesting information on how the brain sees color and the relativity of color perception.Published 13 months ago by lovinglife
A little too tehnical for me to really enjoy. I guess I will continue with my own way of painting with out a vision for seeing.Published 14 months ago by Janet M. Cooney
Professor Livingstone and her staff have done critical research into how the mechanics, optics, chemistry and perception of seeing impacts our impression of the visual world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Van webster