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Vision, Reflection, and Desire in Western Painting - Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History (Hardback)
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Vision, Reflection, and Desire in Western Painting - Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/10/2007
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Spanning more than 2,500 years in the history of art, ""Vision, Reflection, and Desire in Western Painting"" demonstrates how the rise and diffusion of the science of optics in ancient Greece and the Mediterranean world correlated to pictorial illustion in the development of Western painting from Hellenistic Greece to the present. Using examples from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, David Summers argues that scene-painting (architectural backdrops) and shadow-painting (in which forms are modeled or shown as if in relation to a source of light) not only evolved in close association with geometric optics toward the end of the fifth century B.C.E., but also contributed substantially to the foundations of the new science. The spread of understanding of how light is transmitted, reflected, and refracted is evident in the works of artists such as Brunelleschi, van Eyck, Alberti, and Leonardo. The interplay between optics and painting that influenced the course of Western art, Summers says, persisted as a framework for the realism of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Goya and continues today in modern photography and film.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807831106
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
It is [Summer's] ability to see through the superficial relationships that bind optics, perspective and Western painting to the threads that weave them together into meaningful structures that accounts for this book's great contribution to scholarship.--The Burlington Magazine


A valuable addition to a subject often treated in starkly mathematical terms.--Isis


Looks beyond the merely geometric aspects of sight to the higher-order activities of vision and the role of memory. . . . Recommended.--CHOICE


An insightful investigation of the intersections of painting, optics, and perception. . . . The general thrust of the book, with its emphasis on the historical and even human basis for perspective, offers an important answer to critiques which treat it as conventional or arbitrary.--Renaissance Quarterly

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