Book ID: CBB558281702

Painting, Science, and the Perception of Coloured Shadows: ‘The Most Beautiful Blue’ (2021)


Smith, Paul (Author)


Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 190
Language: English

Many artists and scientists – including Buffon, Goethe, and Philipp Otto Runge – who observed the vividly coloured shadows that appear outdoors around dawn and dusk, or indoors when a candle burns under waning daylight, chose to describe their colours as ‘beautiful’. Paul Smith explains what makes these ephemeral effects worthy of such appreciation – or how depictions of coloured shadows have genuine aesthetic and epistemological significance. This multidisciplinary book synthesises methodologies drawn from art history (close pictorial analysis), psychology and neuroscience (theories of colour constancy), history of science (the changing paradigms used to explain coloured shadows), and philosophy (theories of perception and aesthetic value drawn from Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty). This title will be of interest to scholars in art history, art theory, and the history of science and technology.

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Authors & Contributors
Feldman, Hannah
Talia Bess Shabtay
Lederer, Roger J.
Juan Pimentel Igea
Nader-Esfahani, Sanam
Brooke-Hitching, Edward
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
Social Studies of Science
Physics in Perspective
Perspectives on Science
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of Chicago Press
Marcial Pons
Northwestern University
White Star Publishers
University of Pittsburgh Press
The MIT Press
Senses and sensation; perception
Visual perception
Science and art
Visual representation; visual communication
Painters and painting
Science and culture
Rood‏, Ogden Nicholas
La Farge, John
Wier, Johannes
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Molyneux, William
Locke, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
16th century
United States
Great Britain

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