Distance Points

Distance Points

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qJames Ackerman's essays are nuggets of pure gold in the mainstream of American cultural history. They exemplify the very best art history has achieved in our time.q -- Irving Lavin, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University These essays by one of America's foremost historians of art and architecture range over theory and criticism, the search for connections between art and science in the Renaissance, and specific works of Renaissance architecture. The largest group of essays, dealing with the character of Renaissance architecture, are models of art historical scholarship in their direct approach to identifying the essentials of a building and the social and intellectual context in which they should be viewed. Another group of essays explores encounters between the traditions of artistic practice and early optics and color theory. The three essays that begin this collection bring to light the intellectual and moral concerns that underlie all of Ackerman's art historical work.Essays in Theory and Renaissance Art and Architecture James S. Ackerman ... IB ); the concept of the aquot;light of the eyeaquot; is pervasive in Western culture and has survived linguistically the withdrawal of scientific support. Because the rays were assumed to extend in straight lines from a point source within the eye, the study of optics could be closely allied ... Thus most of Euclida#39;s work, for example, remained valid after the abandonment of the extromission hypothesis, while the opposinganbsp;...

Title:Distance Points
Author: James S. Ackerman
Publisher:MIT Press - 1994

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