Concerning 'The Science of Art': Commentary on Ramachandran and Hirstein

Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (8-9):8-9 (2000)
  Copy   BIBTEX


To the historian of art, it is evident that the two authors’ notion of ‘art’ is of very recent date, and not shared by everybody. They claim: ‘The purpose of art, surely, is not merely to depict or represent reality -- for that can be accomplished very easily with a camera -- but to enhance, transcend, or even to distort reality’ . They do not explain how one could photograph Paradise or Hell, the Creation of the World, the Passion of Christ, or the escapades of the ancient gods -- all subjects that can be found represented in our museums. Nor is it more legitimate to generalize from certain Indian conventions of representing the female nude than it is for the academic tradition to take the Venus de Medici for the same purpose. Even a fleeting visit to one of the great museums might serve to convince the authors that few of the exhibits conform to the laws of art they postulate. [followed by response from V.S. Ramachandran]



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,264

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Three Laws of Qualia.V. S. Ramachandran & William Hirstein - 1999 - In Jonathan Shear & Shaun Gallagher (eds.), Models of the Self. Imprint Academic. pp. 83.
Response to Ramachandran and Hirstein.Ruth Wallen - 1999 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (6-7):6-7.
Ramachandran's four counterexamples.Paul Noordhof - 2000 - Mind 109 (434):315-324.
Commentary on Synaesthesia by Ramachandran and Hubbard.Karl Pribram - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (3):75-76.
Synaesthesia in phantom Limbs induced with mirrors.Vilayanur S. Ramachandran & Diane Rogers-Ramachandran - 1996 - Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 263:377-386.


Added to PP

49 (#241,163)

6 months
2 (#298,443)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?