Art and illusion; a study in the psychology of pictorial representation.

[New York] Pantheon Books [1965] .
ISBN 0691070008, 9780691017501, 0691097852, 0691017506, 9780691070001, 9780691097855

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Subjects Art -- Psychology.
Series A.W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts ; 5.
Bollingen series ; 35.
Description xxxi, 466 pages illustrations (some color) 26 cm.
Copyright Date [1965]
Notes Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (pages [397]-439).
Summary Considered a great classic by all who seek for a meeting ground between science and the humanities, Art and Illusion examines the history and psychology of pictorial representation in light of present-day theories of visual perception information and learning. Searching for a rational explanation of the changing styles of art, Gombrich reexamines many ideas on the imitation of nature and the function of tradition. In testing his arguments he ranges over the history of art, noticing particularly the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks, and the visual discoveries of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt, as well as the impressionists and the cubists. Gombrich's triumph in Art and Illusion arises from the fact that his main concern is less with the artists than with ourselves, the beholders.
Contents Introduction: Psychology and the riddle of style -- part 1. The limits of likeness. From light into paint ; Truth and the stereotype -- part 2. Function and form. Pygmalion's power ; Reflections on the Greek Revolution ; Formula and experience -- part 3. The beholder's share. The image in the clouds ; Conditions of illusion ; Ambiguities of the third dimension -- part 4. Invention and discovery. The analysis of vision in art ; The experiment of caricature ; From representation to expression.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)772510
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WorldCat Identities Gombrich, E. H. 1909-2001.
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