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Arnheim, Gestalt and Art is the first book-length discussion of the powerful thinking of the psychologist of art, Rudolf Arnheim. Written as a complete overview of Arnheim’s thinking, it covers fundamental issues of the importance of psychological discussion of the arts, the status of gestalt psychology, the various sense modalities and media, and developmental issues. By proceeding in a direction from general to specific and then proceeding through dynamic processes as they unfold in time (creativity, development, etc.), the book discovers an unappreciated unity to Arnheim’s thinking. Not content to simply summarize Arnheim’s theory, however, Arnheim, Art, and Gestalt goes on to enrich (and occasionally question) Arnheim’s findings with the contemporary results of gestalt-theoretical research from around the world, but especially in Italy and Germany. The result is a workable overview of the psychology of art with bridges built to contemporary research, making Arnheim’s approach living and sustainable.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Artistic Development - Gestalt Brain Model - Musical Form - Perception - Psychology of Art - Visual Thinking - development - psychology
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION: Why Arnheim? Why Gestalt? CHAPTER 1: Arnheim and Different Approaches to the Psychology of Art CHAPTER 2: Expression, Symbolism and Visual Thinking CHAPTER 3: The Senses, Perceptual Objects and their Dynamics CHAPTER 4: The Notorious Gestalt Brain Model CHAPTER 5: The Dynamics of Pictorial, Sculptural and Architectural Form CHAPTER 6: The Dynamics of Pantomimic Form CHAPTER 7: The Dynamics of Musical Form CHAPTER 8: The Dynamics of Poetic Form CHAPTER 9: Art in Comparative Perspective: Children, Adults, Cultures CHAPTER 10: The Dynamics of Microgenetic Artistic Development CHAPTER 11: Individual Artistic Development CHAPTER 12: The Dynamics of Differential and Psychopathological Artistic Form CHAPTER 13: The Dynamics of Cultural-Perceptual Form CHAPTER 14: Objective Percepts, Objective Values Appendix: The Life of a Psychologist of Art