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J. McGuinness Myers was a medical illustrator by profession. The paintings and drawings in this handsome book, which he created on site at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami illuminate diseases of the eye and would also intrigue anyone interested in contemporary or abstract art. The variety of his subject matter coupled with his facility with paints, pencil, air-brush and ink is stunning to see. The finished works are immaculate, worthy of the technical skills of a miniaturist. The layman, ignorant of the medical details each picture is provided with, might spin any number of narratives from what is seen on the pages of "An Artist's Perspective on the Eye." There are what appear to be Op Art designs, diminishing vistas and swelling curves, images of swimming fish and even the suggestion of dancing flowers. The colors range from muted to dazzling, every picture a study of tone and color value. One illustration identified as the 'Christmas tree cataract,' looks like a holiday ornament, a free-hand star with pinpoint lights ablaze. A few of the paintings appear to represent perfect circles of celestial brightness, and one, illuminating the case of a melanoma of the retina, might be taken for a Japanese landscape. Which is not to diminish the worth of "An Artist's Perspective on the Eye" as a valuable medical book, nor to turn the tables on the expectations of art lovers. This volume insures that Myers' treasured illustrations (along with the accompanying text) will find a degree of permanency, and that many more than those doctors privy to its former archival existence will have the opportunity to learn from it and enjoy its pleasures.
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Book Description Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0981993362