The Visual World Of Shadows by Roberto CasatiThe Visual World Of Shadows by Roberto Casati

The Visual World Of Shadows

byRoberto Casati, Patrick Cavanagh

Hardcover | May 28, 2019

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How the perception of shadows, studied by vision scientists and visual artists, reveals the inner workings of the visual system.

In The Visual World of Shadows, Roberto Casati and Patrick Cavanagh examine how the perception of shadows, as studied by vision scientists and visual artists, reveals the inner workings of the visual system. Shadows are at once a massive problem for vision-which must distinguish them from objects or material features of objects-and a resource, signaling the presence, location, shape, and size of objects.

Casati and Cavanagh draw up an inventory of information retrievable from shadows, showing their amazing variety. They present an overview of the visual system, distinguishing between measurement and inference. They discuss the shadow mission, the work done by the visual brain to parse, and perhaps discard, the information from shadows; shadow ownership, the association of a shadow with the object that casts it; shadow labeling, the visual system's ability to tell shadows from nonshadows; and the shadow concept, our knowledge about shadows as a category. Casati and Cavanagh then apply the theoretical apparatus they have developed for shadows to other phenomena: illumination, reflection, and transparency. Finally, they examine the art of the shadow, paying tribute to artists' exploration of shadow, analyzing a series of artworks (reproduced in color) from a rich and fascinating art historical corpus.

Title:The Visual World Of ShadowsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:408 pages, 9 × 8 × 1.06 inShipping dimensions:9 × 8 × 1.06 inPublished:May 28, 2019Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262039583

ISBN - 13:9780262039581


Editorial Reviews

"Vision science can inspire artists and art can inspire vision scientists, and this interplay has flourished in recent years. Now, in one of the finest examples of this new synergy, Casati and Cavanagh have mined a rich vein, using shadows to illuminate both vision and art. In lively language, the authors present the fundamental paradox of shadows: how crucial they are to the construction of our perceived world and yet how unnoticed and unremarked their existence. The many fascinating photos and gorgeous paintings enrich this lively romp through the world of shadows."-Alan Gilchrist, Professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University