The Science of Art

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300052413
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Art

This work, one of the most lucidly written art history books in recent memory, addresses a topic of inherent complexity and great recent interest. Kemp (Univ. of St. Andrews), who has written on Leonardo, discusses perspective and optic theories as they related to the central problem of European painting for half a millennium, the verisimilar depiction of nature. The first part of the book discusses perspective theory and practice and the use of devices that led toward photography. In the second part, Kemp explores optic theories derived from Aristotle and from Newton and their theoretical and practical impacts on painting. The only minor cavil is the unclear order of the select bibliography; otherwise, this is a superb and thoughtful book, with a level of writing to which few can aspire. Highly recommended for general as well as special collections.-- Jack Perry Brown, Ryerson & Burnham Libs . , Art Inst. of Chicago.

Seen unseen

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199295727
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art

An investigation of recurring themes in the imagery of art and science, focusing on the seen and unseen in representations of nature.

Georges Seurat

Author: Michelle Foa
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300212822
Release Date: 2015-07-14
Genre: Art

This revelatory study of Georges Seurat (1859–1891) explores the artist’s profound interest in theories of visual perception and analyzes how they influenced his celebrated seascape, urban, and suburban scenes. While Seurat is known for his innovative use of color theory to develop his pointillist technique, this book is the first to underscore the centrality of diverse ideas about vision to his seascapes, figural paintings, and drawings. Michelle Foa highlights the importance of the scientist Hermann von Helmholtz, whose work on the physiology of vision directly shaped the artist’s approach. Foa contends that Seurat’s body of work constitutes a far-reaching investigation into various modes of visual engagement with the world and into the different states of mind that visual experiences can produce. Foa’s analysis also brings to light Seurat’s sustained exploration of long-standing and new forms of illusionism in art. Beautifully illustrated with more than 140 paintings and drawings, this book serves as an essential reference on Seurat.

Christ to Coke

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199581115
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Art

Explores the origins and evolution of eleven visual iconic images still found in today's culture, including Jesus, the Coke bottle, and Einstein's famous equation, e equals mc squared.

Vermeer s Camera

Author: Philip Steadman
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0192803026
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Art

Explores the possibility that Vermeer used the camera obscura to achieve the photographic qualities of his paintings and provides a history of the camera obscura, how it is used, and the composition of Vermeer's paintings.

Art and Science

Author: Sîan Ede
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9780857710574
Release Date: 2012-11-13
Genre: Art

Scientists weave incredible stories, invent wild hypotheses and ask difficult questions about the meaning of life. They create visual images, models and scenarios that are gruesome, baffling or beguiling. Contemporary scientists frequently talk about ‘beauty’ and ‘elegance’ – while artists hardly ever do. In this engaging book Siân Ede asks crucial questions about the implications of science for art and vice versa, the nature of beauty, the ‘battle’ between the arts and sciences, and art and the environment. Featuring the work of artists including Christine Borland, Dorothy Cross, Eduardo Kac, Bill Viola, Damien Hirst and Helen Chadwick, Art and Science illuminates both the world of science for the art reader and of contemporary art for the scientist. " 'Art and Science' is a revelation, written with wit and clarity, showing us how artists have responded to scientific discoveries and theories, from eighteenth century anatomy to quantum theory, psychoanalysis and Complexity. Ede's reading of contemporary art-works is fascinating, and the whole book opens one's eyes to the excitement of both the scientific and artistic endeavour." - Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men "I am honored to be included in this book. Sian Ede has written the most comprehensive and knowledgeable text on the subject I've ever seen, with a truly global perspective. A must for anyone interested in the collision of art and science." - Alexis Rockman

Leonardo on Painting

Author: Leonardo
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300090951
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Art

Leonardo’s writings on painting were never edited by Leonardo himself into a single coherent book. In this anthology the authors have edited material not only from his so-called 'Treatise on Painting' but also from his surviving manuscripts and from other primary sources, some of which were here translated for the first time. The resulting volume is an reference work for art historians as well as for anyone interested in the mind and methods of one of the world’s greatest creative geniuses.

Art in History 600 BC 2000 AD Ideas in Profile

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782831020
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Art

Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it's also an historical document, part of a living world. Renowned art historian Martin Kemp takes the reader on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the seventeenth century through to the daring avant-garde of the twentieth century and beyond. Along the way we encounter the great names of art history: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; Vermeer and Velasquez; Picasso and Pollock. We get under the skin of the many 'isms', schools, styles and epochs. We see the complex sweep of art history with its innovations, collaborations, rivalries, break-throughs and masterpieces. Above all, Kemp puts art in context; art isn't about disembodied images, art itself is history. Part of the Ideas in Profile series, uniquely enlivened with animations and illustrations from the award winning studio Cognitive Media, Art in History is an indispensable, accessible and richly detailed guide to our culture, our history, our heritage and our art. Also available in two ebook formats. Please note that ISBN 9781782831020 is for the usual ebook format and 9781781254110 is for an enhanced edition with additional video and audio which should be used only with tablet devices that are capable of playing this additional content.

Words for Pictures

Author: Michael Baxandall
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300097492
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Art

He offers seven thought-provoking pieces, three of which are new and written specifically for this book. While Baxandall focuses on works of the fifteenth century, his essays transcend this period and show with fresh insight how words match the experience of looking at paintings and sculptures."--BOOK JACKET.

The Materials of Sculpture

Author: Nicholas Penny
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300065817
Release Date: 1993-01-01
Genre: Art

This beautiful and authoritative book surveys the sculpture of many civilizations--from ancient Egypt, Greece and China to fifteenth-century Italy, nineteenth-century France and twentieth-century North America--to explain how sculpture is made. Nicholas Penny provides a basic introduction to the nature of the materials used by sculptures, examining how these were regarded as well as how they were worked in different periods and in different cultures.

Behind the Picture

Author: British Academy Wolfson Research Professor Department of the History of Art Martin Kemp
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300071957
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Art

Considers the business of picture-making in the Renaissance. In particular, the text discusses the role of the artist and the functions of works of art in relation to their various kinds of audience.

Structural Intuitions

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813936994
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Art

"All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge," wrote Albert Einstein. In Structural Intuitions, a fascinating exploration of the commonalities between two seemingly disparate realms, renowned art historian Martin Kemp applies Einstein's notion both to science and to art. Kemp argues that in both fields, work begins at the intuitive level, curiosity aroused by our recognition of patterns or order. Kemp's "structural intuitions," then, are the ways we engage fundamental perceptual and cognitive mechanisms to bring order to our observed world. Through stimulating juxtaposition, Kemp considers connections between naturally occurring patterns, cognitive processes, and artistic and scientific expression, drawing on an array of examples from the Renaissance through the present. Taking a broadly historical approach, Kemp examines forms and processes such as the geometry of Platonic solids, the dynamics of growth, and the patterns of fluids in motion, while placing the work of contemporary artists, engineers, and scientists in dialogue with that of visionaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and D'Arcy Thompson. Richly illustrated, lucidly written, and wonderfully thought-provoking, Structural Intuitions is essential reading for anyone seeking insight into common ground in the arts and sciences.

The Painter s Secret Geometry

Author: Charles Bouleau
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486795508
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: Art

Richly illustrated examination of Western visual arts shows how great masters and modern painters employed the "golden mean" and other geometrical patterns. Cult classic and essential guide for art history students.

Spectacular Bodies

Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520227921
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Art

"Illustrated and with essays by Martin Kemp, Spectacular Bodies reveals a new way of seeing ourselves."--BOOK JACKET.