Vision and art: the biology of seeing

Front Cover
Harry N. Abrams, 2002 - Art - 208 pages
8 Reviews
'In 'Vision and Art', Harvard neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone demonstrates that how we see art depends ultimately on the cells in our eyes and our brains. She begins by offering a comprehensive account of the biology of vision, drawing on the history of science and her own cutting-edge discoveries. She explains cogently how the eye and brain translate different wavelengths of light into the colors and forms of the world around us. She then turns to art and delves into the science underlying various phenomena in painting, using many examples - from the mysterious allure of the Mona Lisa to the amazing atmospheric effects of the impressionists - to illustrate her points. Along the way, she shows how similar effects can be used to enhance the impact of advertisements, and explores the different ways images look in paintings, in photographs, on TV, and on computer screens'. 'Accompanying Livingstone's lively and lucid prose are many easy-to-understand charts and diagrams that clarify her points. Some of these illustrations are based on simple and elegant experiments that show us how the human visual system translates light into color. Others demonstrate how cells in the retina code information and send it to the brain. Still others shed light on how great painters devise techniques to fool the eye into seeing depth and movement'. Vision and Art will 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
1
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

Review: Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing

User Review  - Lulie - Goodreads

Great book on how vision works, the tricks famous paintings play with our visual system, and explanations of various mysteries of sight. Includes lots of fun examples you can try yourself by just ... Read full review

Review: Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing

User Review  - Mkovarik - Goodreads

Couple of typos in figure captions, but overall really interesting! Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD BY DAVID HUBEL
8
The Eye and Color Vision
24
4 The First Stages of Processing Color
46
Copyright

4 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Margaret Livingstone is professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She studies vision with a focus on how the eye and brain use color and luminance information, dyslexia and visual processing.