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Varieties of realism : geometries of representational art

Author: Margaret A Hagen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Series: Cambridge paperback library
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Varieties of Realism argues that it is not possible to represent the layout of objects and surfaces in space outside the dictates of formal visual geometry, the geometry of natural perspective. The book examines most of the world's coherent representational art styles, both in terms of the geometry of their creation and in terms of their perceptual effects on the viewer. A lucid exposition of modern geometrical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret A Hagen
ISBN: 0521253136 9780521253130 0521313295 9780521313292
OCLC Number: 12052083
Description: xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Series Title: Cambridge paperback library
Responsibility: Margaret A. Hagen.
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Varieties of Realism argues that it is not possible to represent the layout of objects and surfaces in space outside the dictates of formal visual geometry, the geometry of natural perspective. The book examines most of the world's coherent representational art styles, both in terms of the geometry of their creation and in terms of their perceptual effects on the viewer. A lucid exposition of modern geometrical principles and relations, accessible to the nonmathematical reader, is followed by an analysis of all known styles as variants of natural perspective, as true varieties of realism. Delineating the physical and mechanical constraints that determine the act of visual representation in painting and drawing, the author traces the intimate relations among seemingly distant styles and considers the kind of perceptual information about the world each can carry. Margaret Hagen is a perceptual psychologist with an ecological point of view. Her rigorous but readable presentation of visual theory and research offers provocative new insights into the connections among vision, geometry, and art.

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