What can art tell us about how the brain works? And what can the brain tell us about how we perceive and create art? Humans have created visual art throughout history and its significance has been an endless source of fascination and debate. Visual art is a product of the human brain, but is art so complex and sophisticated that brain function and evolution are t relevant to our understanding? This book explores the links between visual art and the brain by examining a broad range of issues including: the impact of eye and brain disorders on artistic output; the relevance of Darwinian principles to aesthetics; and the constraints imposed by brain processes on the perception of space, motion and colour in art. Arguments and theories are presented in an accessible manner and general principles are illustrated with specific art examples, helping students to apply their kwledge to new artworks.
George Mather is Professor of Vision Science in the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. He has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching courses on human visual perception and the psychology of visual art to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is the author of Essentials of Sensation and Perception (2011), Foundations of Sensation and Perception (2009) and The Motion After-Effect: A Modern Perspective (1998, co-edited with Stuart Anstis and Frans Verstraten).