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Vision of the famous: the artist's eye.
Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1993 Jan; 13(1):82-90.OP

Abstract

This article reviews the possible effects of various acquired or inherited eye disorders on the paintings and sculptures of some of the most famous artists. Were Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Monet affected by age-related eye disease which influenced their later works? Was El Greco's oblique elongation of his characters due to astigmatism? Was Constable a colour-defective? Was the Impressionist style of painting due to the myopia and cataract of its leading components? Are van Gogh's yellow and haloed paintings due to the ocular side effects of digitalis toxicity? These questions are discussed and some of the artists' works are shown to illustrate the points.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Sight Enhancement, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Portrait
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8510952

Citation

Elliott, D B., and A Skaff. "Vision of the Famous: the Artist's Eye." Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics : the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), vol. 13, no. 1, 1993, pp. 82-90.
Elliott DB, Skaff A. Vision of the famous: the artist's eye. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1993;13(1):82-90.
Elliott, D. B., & Skaff, A. (1993). Vision of the famous: the artist's eye. Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics : the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 13(1), 82-90.
Elliott DB, Skaff A. Vision of the Famous: the Artist's Eye. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1993;13(1):82-90. PubMed PMID: 8510952.
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