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Arnheim, Gestalt and Art is the first book-length discussion of the powerful thinking of the psychologist of art, Rudolf Arnheim. By proceeding in a direction from general to specific and then proceeding through dynamic processes as they unfold in time creativity, development, etc.

The author is a professional art historian but began his career at the University of Michigan where he met Rudolf Arnheim. Subsequently he studied experimental psychology with Alain Gilchrist and then devoted himself to art history. Never losing his interest in psychology, he has cultiavated relationships with European psychologists whose works provide much of the impetus of this book.

He has gone on to write several professional papers on the thinking of Arnheim, gestalt psychology, not to mention works on Rennaissance and Baroque painting and perspective theory, including editing a book on the art patronage of the Della Rovere Family, The Della Rovere: The Creation and Maintenance of a Noble Identity.

Ian Verstegen. Why Gestalt? Arnheim and Different Approaches to the Psychology of Art. Expression Symbolism and Visual Thinking. The Senses Perceptual Objects and their Dynamics. The Notorious Gestalt Brain Model. The Dynamics of Pantomimic Form. The Dynamics of Musical Form. Children Adults Cultures.

The Dynamics of Microgenetic Artistic Development. Individual Artistic Development. The Dynamics of CulturalPerceptual Form. Objective Percepts Objective Values.

Appendix The Life of a Psychologist of Art. The Dynamics of Poetic Form. Introduction Why Arnheim?


Arnheim, Gestalt And Art: A Psychological Theory

Springer, ISBN: His name invariably comes up in discussions of art and perception. Yet, I believe, he remains an enigma, a powerful thinker who seems to defy classification. Part of the puzzle in locating his niche, perhaps, is that his original and perceptive approach is not easily placed within typical categories. Another component, no doubt, is that until recently there have been no book-length studies of his work. Verstegen, who clearly admires Rudolf Arnheim, carefully explains this thinker's core ideas and his influences.


Rudolf Arnheim

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