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The Artist's Eyes

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In this fascinating juxtaposition of science and art history, ophthalmologists Michael Marmor and James Ravin examine the role of vision and eye disease in art. They focus on the eye, where the process of vision originates, and investigate how aspects of vision have inspired and confounded many of the world's most famous artists.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2009)
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Amrita Kaur
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was made for me. With degrees in both Art and Optometry, I found this book endlessly fascinating. It entailed everything from unique art history facts, to dissecting art styles and the possible visual pathology that many have contributed to varying artists different styles. Good for both anyone who likes art or science!
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Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This book demands more than just a cursory glance in order to fully appreciate the depth and breadth of the fascinating content the authors present to us. There are several chapters on the effect of color on our brain and eye demonstrating how our brain and eye can, in fact, lie to us. There are several chapters on the aging eyes of Rembrandt, Pissaro, Cassatt, Monet as they progressed from early to mature to late paintings. This book, after a careful read, changed the way I will look at art in ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved the layout and the topics the authors covered. They provided ample examples and proof for their many hypothesis on different artists, however they acknowledge a lot of what they discuss is merely theories when an artist is deceased and there are no medical records/evidence. The authors were very informative and thorough without being too technical and difficult to understand. While it was interesting to look at art through an artist's eyes in Looking a ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Marriage of Science and Art

THE ARTIST'S EYES: VISION AND HISTORY IN ART is an illuminating book written with intelligence and considerable insight by Drs. Michael Marmor and James Ravin who share the common threads of interest in their study of vision and the anatomy and physiology and function of the eye and their passion for art. The result is a book of great interest for scientists, art collectors, art historians, and student and practicing artists. The authors have presented the aspects
Mar 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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I only skimmed this one, but it was very interesting. It examined how artists' vision (literally- optometry) effects the way that they paint or draw. ...more
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Some interesting parts, but the print was SO tiny, this artist would have no vision left.
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