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Thursday, May 10, 2012--"With an Artistic Vision: An Ophthalmologist Explores Perception, the Arts and the Eye" with Dr. Vincent de Luise. Join us on Thursday, June 28th @ 6:30pm in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library for a fascinating lecture and powerpoint program on art, music and the relationship of the humanities to medicine, as Dr. Vincent de Luise presents" With an Artistic Vision: An Ophthalmologist Explores Perception, the Arts and the Eye". More than all the other senses, the brain's visual system largely defines how we perceive the world. Herein lies an intriguing intersection between vision, perception, the arts, and eye disease. A survey of visual archetypes in the history of art (the Lascaux cave paintings, the limestone bust of Nefertiti, the Pantheon, the "evil eye," and linear perspective) will introduce an exploration of visual perception and art, the optical problems of self-portraiture, David Hockney's "Secret Knowledge," "Vermeer's camera," artistic optical illusions, a look at the blind bards of literature (Homer, Milton, Joyce and Borges), music and vision, and will conclude with an analysis of the artists Monet, Goya, Seurat and O'Keefe, pondering the question: is eye disease an obstacle to, or the catalyst for, their creative genius? Vincent de Luise MD is an area ophthalmologist, musician and author. A graduate of Princeton University and Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. de Luise has had a successful 30-year career as an eye surgeon, and has always kept music and writing close to his heart. He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University, Program Chair of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and the Music and Medicine Committee at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is on the Board of Directors of Opera Company of Brooklyn where he hosts operas with pre-concert talks and program book material. As a clarinetist, he organized and performed at the Connecticut Mozart Festival and founded the annual classical musical recital of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He lectures and writes on art, music and the relationship of the humanities to medicine. You can visit Dr. de Luise's website at www.amusicalvision.com. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended.