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dc.contributor.authorMitrovic, Branko
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-06T01:40:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-06T01:40:21Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/2374
dc.description.abstractFor the past fifty years few books on art history have exercised an influence comparable to that of Ernst Gombrich’s Art and Illusion. Published in 1960, the book came to be regarded as the pivotal art historical articulation of the view that conceptual thinking, beliefs and expectations predetermine the totality of human perceptual experience – that there is no innocent eye, to use Gombrich’s phrase. The view itself was not novel at the time : previously,during the 1920s and 1930s, it had been promoted in various forms by a number of German-speaking art historians and philosophers such as Dagobert Frey, Erich Rothacker and, arguably, Martin Heidegger. The importance of Gombrich’s contribution was partly in his comprehensive presentation of this view to English speaking scholars and partly in the way he correlated it with the latest psychological research on human perception of his time (Gestalt and »New Look« psychology) as well as with the then-influential views of his philosopher friend Karl Popper. For a number of decades the debate about Gombrich’s book has mainly concentrated on its position in the wave of cultural relativism that evolved during the 1960s and came to dominate English-speaking scholarship in subsequent decades. If the totality of human perception is predetermined by available concepts, as Gombrich argued, and if concepts are acquired as a result of one’s membership of a specific culture, then human perception has to be determined by one’s membership in the collective that constitutes that culture.Further on, if no segment of perception is culture-independent, it follows that the totality of perceived reality is culturally constructed. Gombrich abhorred such collectivist and anti-realist interpretations of his book.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherZeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichteen_NZ
dc.subjectGombrich, Ernst, (1909 – 2001)en_NZ
dc.subjectperceptionen_NZ
dc.subjecthuman perception of arten_NZ
dc.subjectart and Illusionen_NZ
dc.titleVisuality after Gombrich : the innocence of the eye and modern research in the philosophy and psychology of perceptionen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderZeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichteen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMitrovic,B. (2013). Visuality after Gombrich. Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte. (76) : 71-89en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.spage71en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage89en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume76en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleZeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichteen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ


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