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Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation - Millennium Edition / Edition 1

Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation - Millennium Edition / Edition 1

by E. H. Gombrich
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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780691070001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2000
Series: Bollingen Series (General) , #159
Edition description: Millennium edition with a New preface by the author
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (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 29 languages.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface to the 2000 Edition xxv

Preface xxxvii

Preface to the Second Edition xli

Introduction: Psychology and the Riddle of Style 3

PART ONE: The Limits of Likeness

Chapter 1. From Light into Paint 33

Chapter 2. Truth and the Stereotype 63

PART TWO: Function and Form

Chapter 3. Pygmalion's Power 93

Chapter 4. Reflections on the Greek Revolution 116

Chapter 5. Formula and Experience 146

PART THREE: The Beholder's Share

Chapter 6. The Image in the Clouds 181

Chapter 7. Conditions of Illusion 203

Chapter 8. Ambiguities of the Third Dimension 242

PART FOUR: Invention and Discovery

Chapter 9. The Analysis of Vision in Art 291

Chapter 10. The Experiment of Caricature 330

Chapter 11. From Representation to Expression 359

Retrospect 393

Notes 399

Index 443

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Only the best books can open your eyes. I read this because I saw it on the Modern Library's 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century List. I know all such lists are arbitrary and controversial, but this book deserves to be on it. It explores the origins of artistic style, using a combination of art history and research in visual perception. The ideas of this book will stay with you after you read it, and will effect how you think about any kind of art or thought.