The Science of Art by Mr. Martin Kemp
Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat

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In this illustrated book, Martin Kemp examines the major optically oriented examples of artistic theory and practice, from Brunelleschi's invention of perspective and its exploitation by Leonardo and Duerer to the beginnings of photography. In a discussion of colour theory, Kemp traces two main traditions of colour science - the Aristotelian tradition of primary colours and Newton's prismatic theory that influenced Runge, Turner and Seurat. His book provides information for all those interested in the interaction between science and art.
 

About Mr. Martin Kemp

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Spectacular Bodies" is curated by Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, and Marina Wallace, Senior Lecturer, School of Graphic and Industrial Design at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London.
 
Published February 7, 1990 by Yale University Press. 384 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In a volume filled with some 570 illustrations, Kemp discusses European painters' imitation of nature through the sciences of perspective and color.

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