Our book for November will be Art And Illusion: A study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E. H. Gombrich. It is a big book and we might choose to focus on a few specific chapters. I'll let you know after Sept 20th. It looks rich and I can't wait to get into it.
Here is the blurb from Amazon:
Considered a great classic by all who seek for a meeting ground between science
and the humanities, Art and Illusion examines the history and psychology
of pictorial representation in light of present-day theories of visual
perception information and learning. Searching for a rational explanation of the
changing styles of art, Gombrich reexamines many ideas on the imitation of
nature and the function of tradition. In testing his arguments he ranges over
the history of art, noticing particularly the accomplishments of the ancient
Greeks, and the visual discoveries of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci and
Rembrandt, as well as the impressionists and the cubists. Gombrich's triumph in
Art and Illusion arises from the fact that his main concern is less with the
artists than with ourselves, the beholders.