Firestone C, 2013, "On the origin and status of the “El Greco fallacy”" Perception 42(6) 672 – 674
Download citation data in RIS format
Short and sweet
On the origin and status of the “El Greco fallacy”
Abstract. The oddly elongated forms painted by the Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco are popularly but incorrectly attributed to astigmatism. The particular reason this explanation fails has long offered a deep lesson for perceptual psychology, even motivating recent research. However, the details and historical origins of this lesson—often called the “El Greco fallacy”— have been obscured over many retellings, leading to an incomplete and even inaccurate understanding of its provenance and status. This note corrects the record, which is richer, subtler, and more interesting than recent accounts would suggest.
Keywords: art, El Greco fallacy, experimental design, top–down effects on perception, cognitive impenetrability
This article has supplementary online material: Additional Material
Full-text PDF size: 958 Kb
Your computer (IP address: 22.214.171.124) has not been recognised as being on a network authorised to view the full text or references of this article. If you are a member of a university library that has a subscription to the journal, please contact your serials librarian (subscriptions information).