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ERIC Number: EJ858070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
Technological Effects on Aesthetic Evaluation: Vermeer and the Camera Obscura
Hantula, Donald A.; Sudduth, Mary Margaret; Clabaugh, Alison
Psychological Record, v59 n3 p323-333 Sum 2009
The question of whether an artist's use of technology to create art results in a detectable aesthetic difference was investigated in the case of Dutch realist painter Johannes Vermeer and his use of the camera obscura. In Experiment 1, participants evaluated 20 Vermeer paintings on 6 aesthetic dimensions and preferred paintings created with the aid of the camera obscura. In Experiment 2, participants evaluated 4 Vermeer paintings on 6 aesthetic dimensions after they either read about camera obscura technology or read in general about methods of creating art in the Dutch realist school of painting. Knowledge of technology use did not affect aesthetic evaluation. In Vermeer's case, technology was used to enhance rather than substitute for artistic talent and did not decrease but rather enhanced the viewer's aesthetic experience. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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