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  • Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520242262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520242265
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. His books include Film as Art (California, 1957), Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (California, 1974), The Dynamics of Architectural Form (California, 1977), and The Split and the Structure: Twenty-eight Essays (California, 1996).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Observation on the Psychology of Art & Visual Appreciation 20 Jan. 2010
By Generally Booked - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Instead of going on & on about the wealth of useful information in this book, I will say this:
There is reason 100 different books cite this book - this book contains art psychology research relavent to a wide variety of fields. More importantly, this information is as relevant to life today as the day it was written. Thought-provoking perspective of creativity.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Book you want to have at home 18 Mar. 2005
By Mariya - Published on Amazon.com
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The above phrase is the conclusion I came to after reading this book at the library. I am not in art education, but there are many things I wanted to underline and think about in application to the theory of creativity, use of technology in education, visual literacy. I think different people would find different things to think about in this book. Arnheim wrote a masterpiece that catalyzed a paradigm shift in his area (just like Freud or Simon & Newell).

The book is written pretty clear, I would not say it is difficult to read (English is my third language).
Interesting 2 Jun. 2014
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Frankly, I haven't gotten all the way through and was just skimming it for my thesis, but it was a good resource to have!
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Five Stars 13 Dec. 2014
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verbiage somewhat complex 21 Nov. 2010
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the good fortune to hear Dr. Arnheim lecturing; his lecture style was simpler, and easier to understand. German does not translate well into English, word for word, one must take the spirit, and distill it. The writing is a bit thick, in this book, which is why there are only 4 stars, not 5. Some books are worth slogging through, however, and this one is. Thick as the language may be, it is still quite seminal. I do wish the author had read and applied lessons from Art of Readable Writing, written by a contemporary, or say Crystal Clear Writing. Then again, Harry Potter books could stand to be better edited, but it doesn't matter, people flock to read the books, because they like what is communicated. Neville Goddard, in The Law & the Promise, noted that part of the role of humans is to create imagery- or intent. This book is more practical than it appears, at first. Aristotle noted that all thought is visual.
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