Optical knowledge in the history of painting

Research report (imported) 2010 - Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History

Thielemann, Andreas
Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rom
What are the connections between the history of optics and the history of painting? A research project at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (Max Planck Institute for Art History) explores this question, with an orientation based on the classification system of classical optics, which as a theory of vision and of light in late Antiquity was divided into three principal areas: direct vision based on the rectilinear diffusion of light, reflection on reflective surfaces, and the refraction of light rays on the interface between media of different densities.

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