The World Through Blunted Sight
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Sight is the most highly developed of all the human senses, the one by which we primarily function. How, then, are our personalities, our creativity and style, affected when faulty or failing eye sight forces us to rely more on the ‘older’ senses of smell, touch, hearing and intuition?
This classic work, first published in 1970 and thoroughly revised in 1988, combines the author’s professional knowledge of ophthalmology with his deep and wide-ranging familiarity with art and literature, to present a fascinating study of the work of painters, sculptors, poets and prose writers throughout history.
Was Impressionism born of a generation of short-sighted artists? Was Constable’s fondness for autumnal tints due to colour blindness? Did Modigliani actually see his nudes as unnaturally elongated through distorted sight? Leonardo, Rembrandt and Titian all suffered from increasing long-sightedness in old age – is this the cause of the loss of detail in their later paintings?
Entertainingly written, impressively broad in scope and lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white, this unique book remains essential reading for all who seek to probe beneath the surface of artistic expression to unravel the workings of the creative mind.
Patrick Trevor-Roper has had a distinguished career in ophthalmology and has written the standard work on the subject. A former President of the Opthalmic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, in 1977 he received the Society’s first De Lancey Award ‘for furtherance of the link between art and medicine’.