Art and Perception

Perceptual organization of shape, color, shade, and lighting in visual and pictorial objects

Baingio Pinna

Department of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sassari at Alghero, Italy


Abstract. The main questions we asked in this work are the following: Where are representations of shape, color, depth, and lighting mostly located? Does their formation take time to develop? How do they contribute to determining and defining a visual object, and how do they differ? How do visual artists use them to create objects and scenes? Is the way artists use them related to the way we perceive them? To answer these questions, we studied the microgenetic development of the object perception and formation. Our hypothesis is that the main object properties are extracted in sequential order and in the same order that these roles are also used by artists and children of different age to paint objects. The results supported the microgenesis of object formation according to the following sequence: contours, color, shading, and lighting.

Cite as: Pinna B, 2012, "Perceptual organization of shape, color, shade, and lighting in visual and pictorial objects" i-Perception 3(5) 257–281; doi:10.1068/i0460aap
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DOI: 10.1068/i0460aap

ISSN: 2041-6695 (electronic only)

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