In the words of Richard Gregory 'Here are to be found novel links to art and science, and to mind and brain ... These many themes are captured to weave a tapestry of the intelligent brain behind the artful eye.' This fascinating volume presents the thoughts of scientists and artists working on many aspects of visual perception, ranging from the physiology of the brain, development of sight in infants, and the significance of faces, to the physics of images and the mathematics of impossible objects. Thereare essays on perspective, especially of Vermeer's use of the camera obscura, alongside an examination of the art of the forger, portraits of artists and scientists, and a personal statement by the late sculptress, Dame Elizabeth Frink. Complete with over 200 illustrations, including plates by Hockney, Magritte, Vermeer, and others this is an enlightening mixture of biology and aesthetics which will appeal to psychologists, vision scientists, and all those interested in the effect of the visual arts on the eye and brain.