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The Science of Vision and the Emergence of Art

How have changing notions of vision and sight transformed artistic endeavors? As modern art emerged in the late 19th century, scientists were also exploring how humans see, and some remarkable work came out of this period. This creative online exhibit explores the science of vision by looking through the works of scientists and artists like Cennino Cennini, Leon Battista Alberti, and Michel Chevreul. The exhibit contains sections like "Light, color and vision" and "Luminance and equiluminance". Visitors will find dazzling visual documentation of such techniques and advances, including works by Richard Billingham, Hans Hofmann, and Vincent Van Gogh. One section visitors shouldn't miss is the area on "Peripheral Vision", which looks at how humans use their peripheral vision and how this affects their experience of the world around them.
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Date of Scout Publication 2011-11-04
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