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The Artist's Eyes 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0810948494
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About the Author

Michael Marmor is one of today' s leading experts in retinal disease and retinal physiology, and the author of more than 150 scientific papers. He is Professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine. He lives in Stanford, California. James Ravin is an opthamologist with an interest in the effects of illness on artists. His investigations have been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and in other national media. He lives in Toledo, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810948494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810948495
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "The Artist's Eyes: Vision and the History of Art", Michael Marmor (a professor on the faculty of the Stanford School of Medicine and an acknowledged expert in retinal physiology and disease) has teamed up with opthamologist James Ravin to produce a unique approach and perspective on the role of vision and eye disease in the creation of art and the perceptions of the artists. Examining art history through the framework of the biology of human vision, "The Artist's Eyes" is organized into informed and informative chapters dealing with the eye as an optical instrument, coding and contrast, color and its limitations, perspective and illusion, the 'aging eye', external eye disease, as well as cataract and glaucoma, retinal disease. Of special note is the concluding chapter 'The Artist's View' focusing upon the work of Degas and Monet with respect to stimulating vision. Enhanced with an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, "The Artist's Eyes" is profusely illustrated with 175 full-color illustrations. The result is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to academic and community Art History reference collections, as well as supplemental reading lists for art students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in art, artists, and art history.
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THE ARTIST'S EYES: VISION AND HISTORY IN ART is an illuminating book written with intelligence and considerable insight by Drs. Michael Marmor and James Ravin who share the common threads of interest in their study of vision and the anatomy and physiology and function of the eye and their passion for art. The result is a book of great interest for scientists, art collectors, art historians, and student and practicing artists. The authors have presented the aspects of vision - the normal visual perception and all of its variations (astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, changes with age, use and lack of use of corrective lenses, diseases of the eye (glaucoma, cataracts, etc), and diseases of the body (metal poisoning, infection, drugs side effects, etc) that alter the manner in which the eye perceives and object. According to Cezanne 'Monet is only an eye, but what an eye!' and 'The sky is blue, no? It is Monet who discovered that.' Such quips are dusted throughout this fascinating book on how the eye functions and fails to function.

Divided into chapters or sections that deal with variations of normal vision, each of these sections features artists whose impairments altered the way they viewed their subjects. 'Why do Georges Seurat's paintings appear to shimmer? Why is it that the eyes in certain portraits seem to follow you around the room? Are the broad brushstrokes in Monet's Water Lilies due to cataracts? Could van Gogh's magnificent yellows be a result of drugs? How does eye disease affect the artistic process? Or does it at all?
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The authors explain how the eye works and examine the paintings of many artists to illustrate several things: the use of perceptual knowledge in creating the painting, the presence or lack of eye disease in the use of distortion, shading, colors. Each chapter deals with a different facet of visual perception and how it is employed in painting. A book for someone interested in the way artists create. Many fine illustrations.
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I used this book as a helpful reference (among others) in my talk to a science society entitled "The Physiology of Vision and Art". I am a scientist and amateur painter. In retirement I have taught art and I lecture on the relationships of art and science.
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Not only does it dispel myths about some artists that were long regarded to have problems with their vision, the book also educates us about the science of vision and anatomy of the eyes. Am reading this slowly in order to enjoy every part of it fully.
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It is well presented with very good pictures. However, I am surprised that the authors -- two eye doctors -- allowed it to be printed in such small font size. It is uncomfortable to read. As for the information explaining the insets, I have to use a magnifier glass to read it. I have normal vision with my glasses and can read other printed matter easily.

However, I am grateful for the precise information and the beautiful presentation of this volume.
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The Artist's Eyes were a gift to my husband who is an artist and art historian. He is reading through the chapters carefully and generally finds them insightful, particularly the ophthalmic observations. He is more critical of some of the art historical interpretation. The art historical analysis undertaken through an ophthalmic lens is an important contribution to the understanding of art.
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