Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation Discussion Questions

Ernst Gombrich
This Study Guide consists of approximately 20 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Art and Illusion.
This section contains 108 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation Study Guide

Find several of John Constable's paintings. Demonstrate your understanding of Gombrich's analysis by applying his theories to the paintings you find. Write a short paper detailing what you note.

Research Sir Karl R. Popper's "searchlight theory." How does this theory coincide with Gombrich's approach to art?

Find examples of several optical illusions. Using Gombrich's theories, explain why the illusions deceive the eye. What accounts for our "reading" of the image in the way we do?

Read "Illusion and Reality," the first chapter of Leonard Shlain's Art and Physics (1991). Compare and contrast the ideas you find in this chapter with the ideas you find in Art and Illusion.

(read more)

This section contains 108 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation Study Guide
Copyrights
Nonfiction Classics for Students
Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation from Nonfiction Classics for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.