Looking into Pictures: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Pictorial Space

Looking into Pictures: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Pictorial Space

by Heiko Hecht, Heiko Hecht
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262083108

ISBN-13: 9780262083102

Pub. Date: 06/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

The last half of the twentieth century witnessed dramatic changes in the theory of vision. In particular, the "eye-as-camera" metaphor that had long dominated the field no longer seemed tenable. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the metaphor has maintained its appeal in the study of pictures. In Looking into Pictures, philosophers, psychologists, and art

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The last half of the twentieth century witnessed dramatic changes in the theory of vision. In particular, the "eye-as-camera" metaphor that had long dominated the field no longer seemed tenable. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the metaphor has maintained its appeal in the study of pictures. In Looking into Pictures, philosophers, psychologists, and art historians explore the implications of recent theories of vision for our understanding of the nature of pictorial representation and picture perception. They examine the dual nature of picture perception, the fact that viewers must separate the visual properties of the picture itself from those of what the picture represents. Discussing the status of perspective, they ask whether perspective renderings of space are special or more accurate than those found in other types of pictures, and if so why. Finally, they consider the possible need to reconceive pictorial space and the implications of such a reconception for the study of picture perception.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262083102
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
435
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Dual Nature of Picture Reception1
Ch. 1In Defense of Seeing-In3
Ch. 2Conjoint Representations and the Mental Capacity for Multiple Simultaneous Perspectives17
Ch. 3Relating Direct and Indirect Perception of Spatial Layout61
Ch. 4The Dual Nature of Picture Perception: A Challenge to Current General Accounts of Visual Perception77
Ch. 5Perceptual Strategies and Pictorial Content99
Pt. IIThe Status of Perspective123
Ch. 6Optical Laws or Symbolic Rules? The Dual Nature of Pictorial Systems125
Ch. 7Perspective, Convention, and Compromise145
Ch. 8Resemblance Reconceived167
Ch. 9What You See Is What You Get: The Problems of Linear Perspective179
Ch. 10Pictures of Perspective: Theory or Therapy?191
Pt. IIIThe Nature and Structure of Reconceived Pictorial Space213
Ch. 11Reconceiving Perceptual Space215
Ch. 12Pictorial Space239
Ch. 13Truth and Meaning in Pictorial Space301
Ch. 14Line and Borders of Surfaces: Grouping and Foreshortening321
Ch. 15Irreconcilable Views355
References379
Contributors405
Index407

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