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.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in both visual art and science.
This volume is very good at covering how the human visual system operates and how that affects the artist and art viewer.
I have a strong science background but no art background and found the book very easy to read and enlightening.
Very technical, but the book opened my eyes (sorry for the pun) about the topic.Published 1 month 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 7 months 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 10 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 13 months ago by D Fitzgerald