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ERIC Number: ED369691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 17
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The Development of a Psychological Aesthetic: Jay Hambidge & Charles Henry.
McWhinnie, Harold J.
This article reviews several movements in late 19th and early 20th century art and psychological research that are related to the early Greek method of proportional analysis generally known as the Golden Section. The document discusses the work of the artist Jay Hambidge on the nature of Greek art and design and his theory of dynamic symmetry. Hambidge and his wife, Mary, have been neglected by art historians because their efforts have not been seen as part of a larger development within the history of the modern movement. The view of Plato that states that mathematical objects are intermediate between the ideas and the sensible world, reflect eternal relationships, and are separate from the external world, is contrasted to that of Aristotle that while mathematical objects are intermediate between ideal being and the sensible world, they cannot be deducted from an analysis of being, and have no separate existence. Interrelationships between art and science that can be related to the newest developments in science, computer graphics, and computer assisted design are examined. Relativity is seen as complex not because of the mathematics, but because of its novelty in providing a simpler view of the world. The emphasis of this research is on the continuity of research and ideas in the arts as well as the sciences from the past to the present. The second part of the document discusses the work of Charles Henry in the field of empirical or psychological aesthetics. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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