Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

by E. H. Gombrich


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An attempt to explain rationally the shifting styles of art, from antiquity to the present, employing modern concepts of visual perception, information theory, and learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691097855
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/21/1961
Series: The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts , #3
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 466
Product dimensions: 7.85(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

E. H. Gombrich was director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at the University of London, 1959-1976. He was born in 1909 in Vienna, where he studied the history of art under Julius von Schlosser and classical archaeology under Emanuel Loewy. He has been Slade Professor of Fine Art at both Oxford and Cambridge, Visiting Professor at Harvard, Spencer Trask Lecturer at Princeton, and Walker Ames Professor at the University of Washington. His best-known book, The Story of Art (1950) has been translated into thirteen languages.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the 2000 Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Psychology and the Riddle of Style

Part One: The Limits of Likeness
Chapter 1: From Light into Paint
Chapter 2: Truth and the Stereotype

Part Two: Function and Form
Chapter 3: Pygmalion's Power
Chapter 4: Reflections on the Greek Revolution
Chapter 5: Formula and Experience

Part Three: The Beholder's Share
Chapter 6: The Image in the Clouds
Chapter 7: Conditions of Illusion
Chapter 8: Ambiguities of the Third Dimension

Part Four: Invention and Discovery
Chapter 9: The Analysis of Vision in Art
Chapter 10: The Experiment of Caricature
Chapter 11: From Representation to Expression


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