Objective Eye: Color, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art
  • Objective Eye: Color, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art
  • Objective Eye: Color, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art

Objective Eye: Color, Form, and Reality in the Theory of Art

by John Hyman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226365530

ISBN-13: 9780226365534

Pub. Date: 04/01/2006

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

“The longer you work, the more the mystery deepens of what appearance is, or how what is called appearance can be made in another medium."—Francis Bacon, painter
 
This, in a nutshell, is the central problem in the theory of art. It has fascinated philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. And it fascinates artists and art historians, who have

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“The longer you work, the more the mystery deepens of what appearance is, or how what is called appearance can be made in another medium."—Francis Bacon, painter
 
This, in a nutshell, is the central problem in the theory of art. It has fascinated philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein. And it fascinates artists and art historians, who have always drawn extensively on philosophical ideas about language and representation, and on ideas about vision and the visible world that have deep philosophical roots.

John Hyman’s The Objective Eye is a radical treatment of this problem, deeply informed by the history of philosophy and science, but entirely fresh. The questions tackled here are fundamental ones: Is our experience of color an illusion? How does the metaphysical status of colors differ from that of shapes? What is the difference between a picture and a written text?  Why are some pictures said to be more realistic than others? Is it because they are especially truthful or, on the contrary, because they deceive the eye?
 
The Objective Eye explores the fundamental concepts we use constantly in our most innocent thoughts and conversations about art, as well as in the most sophisticated art theory.  The book progresses from pure philosophy to applied philosophy and ranges from the metaphysics of color to Renaissance perspective, from anatomy in ancient Greece to impressionism in nineteenth-century France. Philosophers, art historians, and students of the arts will find The Objective Eye challenging and absorbing.
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226365534
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................xi
Preface....................xv
Introduction....................1
COLOR 1. Galileo's Myth....................11
2. Frames of Reference....................29
3. Perceiving Powers....................45
DEPICTION 4. Art and Imitation....................59
5. Art and Occlusion....................73
6. Art and Optics....................113
7. Art and Experience....................127
REALISM 8. Words and Pictures....................155
9. Realism and Relativism....................181
10. The Canvas of the Brain....................211
Conclusion....................237
Notes....................239
Bibliography....................269
Credits....................277
Index....................279

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