The Artist's Eyes

Vision and the History of Art

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The Artist's Eyes
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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.
Why do Georges Seurat's paintings appear to shimmer? How come the eyes in certain portraits seem to follow you around the room? Are the broad brushstrokes in Monet's Water Lilies due to cataracts? Could van Gogh's magnificent yellows be a result of drugs? How does eye disease affect the artistic process? Or does it at all? The Artist's Eyes considers these questions and more.Using key works of art as well as innovative illustrations that simulate different artists' vision, Marmor and Ravin shed new light on the story of art.

Baker & Taylor
Two opthamologists examine the affect of vision and eye disease on art, analyzing the works of such great artists as Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Edgar Degas, James Thurber, Georges Seurat, and El Greco.

Book News
Giving new meaning to the term "visual arts", this book by two eye specialists offers detailed analysis of how and why artists follow their unique style, demonstrating how in some cases they wish to make the viewer see something a certain way, and in others, the way they themselves see influences how they paint. Some chapters describe the work of specific painters, including Van Gogh, Seurat, Degas, M.C. Escher, and Chuck Close, among others. Others describe certain visual effects, such as the use of light and shadow, or types of perspective. Based on thorough research into the artist's lives, including their medical and optical history, as well as the authors' own expertise in vision and optical health and disease, this is a fascinating work, one that will enthrall readers and change how they view art. The book is published in an oversized format (9.25x11.25") and is heavily illustrated in color. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York ; London : Abrams, 2009
ISBN: 0810948494
Branch Call Number: 704.0871 M
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ;29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ravin, James G.


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