Looking Into Pictures: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Pictorial Space

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MIT Press, 2003 - Psychology - 417 pages
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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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Contents

Chapter 2
17
Chapter 3
61
Chapter 4
77
Chapter 5
99
Chapter 6
125
Chapter 7
145
Chapter 8
167
Klaus Rehkiimper
184
Chapter 11
215
Chapter 12
239
Chapter 13
301
Grouping and Foreshortening
321
Chapter 15
355
References
379
Contributors
405
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Heiko Hecht is Research Fellow at the Man-Vehicle Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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