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

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byE. 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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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, Gombric...

Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublisher:Princeton University Press

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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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"I have learned a great deal from this volume, but what I shall remember about it is the author's warmth and wit, the fabulous range of his references and the richness of personality that lies behind the whole performance."--The New York Times