The World Through Blunted Sight: An Inquiry Into the Influence of Defective Vision on Art and Character - Patrick Trevor-RoperLondon: Thames & Hudson, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd printing, first published 1970. Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates;
From the cover: “The effect of distortions or impediments of sight on the personalities and achievements of artists and writers is a subject of unusual fascination. We have all accepted the legend of the ‘blind’ Homer; we have been moved by Milton’s poetry about his own blindness; we have perhaps only suspected that many painters were short-sighted, half colour-blind, or even, like Degas, partially blind. Documentation on this subject, however, has been scarce, inadequate, or confusing. Mr Trevor-Roper is an eye surgeon who has made a special study of these problems for many years, and has collected evidence from all available sources. His range of both cultural interest and scientific investigation is very wide: he examines and discusses theories such as that of El Greco’s ‘astigmatism’, the aesthetic results of Turner’s cataract and Constable’s colour-defect, and other such phenomena. He also draws upon the latest research to demonstrate how alterations in vision may affect both the character as well as the work of the artist — and ultimately the entire pattern of projection of the creative mind.”