Vision and art: the biology of seeing
'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.
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Review: Vision and Art: The Biology of SeeingUser Review - 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 ...
Review: Vision and Art: The Biology of SeeingUser Review - Louis - Goodreads
Seeing is complicated: our eyes are always moving, in part because the center of our gaze receives no light, the optic nerve connection blocks that. Our brain takes in the various light-sensing ... Read full review
FOREWORD BY DAVID HUBEL
The Eye and Color Vision
4 The First Stages of Processing Color
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