Saturday, December 25, 2010

Favorite comments of '10: Beth on the science of art

(Artsy science; what about sciency art?)


The science of art is a fascinating subject and a good school could do a lot with it. The laws of perspective and the way a lens works (and how it relates to the way the eye works) are two subjects just off the top of my head. 

Art history can also be fascinating from a mathy perspective -- for instance, how did Philip Steadman prove that Vermeer must have used a camera obscura for his drawings? More recently, the painter David Hockney has floated the thesis that many of our favorite Renaissance painters were using mirrors, lenses and other optical tools much earlier than was previously believed. Can his theories be proven?

As usual, it's all about the implementation. There's no reason that the intersection of science and art should be some dumb project like making a mole.

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