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Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
     

Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing

by Margaret S. Livingstone
 

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ISBN-10: 0810995549

ISBN-13: 2900810995542

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.

Now in paperback, this groundbreaking study by Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores the inner workings of vision, demonstrating that how we see art depends ultimately on the cells in our eyes and our brains.

In Vision and Art, Livingstone explains how great painters fool the brain: why Mona Lisa’s smile seems so mysterious, Monet&

Overview

Now in paperback, this groundbreaking study by Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores the inner workings of vision, demonstrating that how we see art depends ultimately on the cells in our eyes and our brains.

In Vision and Art, Livingstone explains how great painters fool the brain: why Mona Lisa’s smile seems so mysterious, Monet’s Poppy Field appears to sway in the breeze, Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie blinks like the lights of Times Square, and Warhol’s Electric Chair pulses with current.

Drawing on history and her own cutting- edge discoveries, Livingstone offers intriguing insights, from explanations of common optical illusions, to speculations on the correlation of learning disabilities with artistic skill. By skillfully bridging the space between science and art, Vision and Art will both arm artists and designers with new techniques that they can use in their own craft, and thrill any reader with an interest in the biology of human vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900810995542
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Foreword8
Preface10
Acknowledgments11
1Fiat Lux: Let There Be Light12
2The Eye and Color Vision24
3Luminance and Night Vision36
4The First Stages of Processing Color and Luminance: Where and What46
5Acuity and Spatial Resolution: Central and Peripheral Vision68
6The Next Level of Color Processing: Surround Effects84
7From 3-D to 2-D: Perspective100
8From 3-D to 2-D: Shading and Chiaroscuro108
9From 3-D to 2-D: Stereopsis138
10Illusions of Motion152
11Color Mixing and Color Resolution164
12Television, Movies, and Computer Graphics188
Epilogue: Talent, Music, and Learning Disabilities196
Further Reading204
Index205
Credits208

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