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    A new book on the influence on art of our ability to perceive depending on the different cultural environments we grow up in, sounds fascinating, Neuroarthistory: From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki by John Onians.

    I haven't read the book but I did hear the interview with the author.

    The idea that perspective was developed in Florence because they had lots of large stone course 'Roman' buildings, all with parallel lines disappearing into a vanishing point and that this architecture also meant there was a ready market for works with such perspective is fascinating.

    That's one example of the thesis in the book.

    Mon, Mar 3, 2008  Permanent link
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    folkert     Wed, Mar 5, 2008  Permanent link
    It's crazy to realize that not so long ago people didn't "know" about perspective. The idea of objects that are farther away appearing smaller..."hey, you're right, I never quite noticed that before...." And one day it was just there. I'm looking forward to the next milestone of that magnitude.
    Michael Garrett     Fri, Mar 7, 2008  Permanent link
    It is incorrect to suggest the idea of perspective was developed in Florence. It was not. I believe it would be acceptable to say that many of the rules we associate with the modern artistic representation of perspective were refined during that period.
    meika     Fri, Mar 7, 2008  Permanent link
    I should have said fully developed. Or something.