Vision, Reflection, and Desire in Western Painting

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UNC Press Books, 2007 - Art - 213 pages
Spanning more than 2,500 years in the history of art, this book demonstrates how the rise and diffusion of the science of optics in ancient Greece and the Mediterranean world correlated to pictorial illusion in the development of Western painting from Hel
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Beginnings of Optics and Classical Art
16
2 Speculum Animatum
43
3 Speculum Mundi
78
4 Narcissus and the Mirror without Stain
112
Perspective Optics and the Material Subject
155
Notes
167
Bibliography
187
Index
201
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David Summers is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia. He is author of three previous books, including Real Spaces: World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism.

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