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This is an auction for THE WORLD THROUGH BLUNTED SIGHT: AN INQUIRY INTO THE INFLUENCE OF DEFECTIVE VISION ON ART AND CHARACTER, by Patrick Trevor-Roper.

Amazon.com review:

“Sight is the most highly developed of all the human senses. How, then, are our personalities, our creativity and style affected when faulty or failing eye sight forces us to rely more on the 'older' senses of smell, touch, hearing and intuition? This classic work, first published in 1970 and revised in 1988, combines the author's professional knowledge of ophthalmology with his deep and wide-ranging familiarity with art and literature, to present a fascinating study of the work of painters, sculptors, poets and prose writers throughout history. Was Impressionism born of a generation of short-sighted artists? Was Constable's fondness for autumnal tints due to colour blindness? Did Modigliani actually see his nudes as unnaturally elongated through distorted sight? Leonardo, Rembrandt and Titian all suffered from increasing long-sightedness in old age - is this the cause of the loss of detail in their later paintings? Entertainingly written, broad in scope and lavishly illustrated, this is essential reading for all who seek to unravel the workings of the creative mind.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick Trevor-Roper has had a distinguished career in ophthalmology and has written the standard work on the subject. A former President of the Opthalmic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, in 1977 he received the Society's De Lancey Award 'for furtherance of the link between art and medicine'.

Penguin paperback 1990.

207 pages.

Minor wear to the cover. Otherwise, very good condtion.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.40 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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