The Science of Art

The Science of Art : Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat

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In this illustrated book, Martin Kemp examines the major optically oriented examples of artistic theory and practice, from Brunelleschi's invention of perspective and its exploitation by Leonardo and Duerer to the beginnings of photography. In a discussion of colour theory, Kemp traces two main traditions of colour science - the Aristotelian tradition of primary colours and Newton's prismatic theory that influenced Runge, Turner and Seurat. His book provides information for all those interested in the interaction between science and art.

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  • Paperback | 383 pages
  • 254 x 279.4 x 27.94mm | 1,814.36g
  • Yale University Press
  • New HavenUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 549 b&w illustrations, 16 colour plates, select bibliography, index
  • 0300052413
  • 9780300052411
  • 164,141

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For almost five hundred years the central goal of European painting was the imitation of nature. Many artist and theorists, believing that imitation must be based on scientific principles, found inspiration or guidance in two branches of optics--the geometrical science of perspective and the physical science of colour. In this pathbreaking and highly illustrated book Martin Kemp examines the major optically orientated examples of artistic theory and practice from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century.

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