The Brain's Images:
Reflecting and Creating Human Understanding

"... the analysis of the beholder's share in the resolution of ambiguities will alone make plausible the bold statement that art has a history because the illusions of art are not only the fruit but the indispensable tools for the artist's analysis of appearances.


... painting has indeed been persued as a science. All the works ... that we see displayed in our great collections apply discoveries that are the result of ceaseless experimentation"

Additional relevant materials

Richard L. Gregory, Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing, Princeton, 1966

Richard L. Gregory, The Artful Eye, Oxford, 1995

Howard Hoffman, Vision and the Art of Drawing, Prentice-Hall, 1989

Stephen J. Gould and Rosamund Wolff Purcell, Crossing Over: Where Art and Science Meet, Three Rivers Press, 2000


Vision and Art, by John H. Krantz, Professor of Psychology, Hanover College

The Pre-Raphaelite Mystique by by Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D., director of the Training Institute for Suicide Prevention and Clinical Interviewing.

Revealing Bodies, "how imagery has changed the way we look at our bodies, drawing from many times and cultures" from the Exploratorium, San Francisco.

Science and Culture at Serendip

Guest Exhibitions at Serendip