Renaissance Theories of Vision
How are processes of vision, perception, and sensation conceived in the Renaissance? How are those conceptions made manifest in the arts? The essays in this volume address these and similar questions to establish important theoretical and philosophical bases for artistic production in the Renaissance and beyond. The essays also attend to the views of historically significant writers from the ancient classical period to the eighteenth century, including Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, St Augustine, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen), Ibn Sahl, Marsilio Ficino, Nicholas of Cusa, Leon Battista Alberti, Gian Paolo Lomazzo, Gregorio Comanini, John Davies, Rene Descartes, Samuel van Hoogstraten, and George Berkeley. Contributors carefully scrutinize and illustrate the effect of changing and evolving ideas of intellectual and physical vision on artistic practice in Florence, Rome, Venice, England, Austria, and the Netherlands. The artists whose work and practices are discussed include Fra Angelico, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippino Lippi, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael, Parmigianino, Titian, Bronzino, Johannes Gumpp and Rembrandt van Rijn. Taken together, the essays provide the reader with a fresh perspective on the intellectual confluence between art, science, philosophy, and literature across Renaissance Europe.
'This is a rich and innovative collection. The sum of its parts confidently asserts that there is an underlying correspondence between philosophical and theological concepts, their transformation into images by visual mechanisms and the linguistic mechanisms which read and interpret the images in Renaissance culture. Such correspondence is certainly mirrored in the exciting interdisciplinary writing of this collection.’ - Journal of European Studies
'This volume is a testament to the interdisciplinary nature of art history, particularly in the author’s consistent problematization of the standard separation of the empirical from the spiritual and their ability to present and answer complicated questions about Renaissance theories of vision.' - Sixteenth Century Studies