Este es un libro de cabecera para los que de quieran dedicar a las artes visuales, desde los arquitectos hasta los pintores pasando por los diseñadores. Arnheim es uno de los pilares de la Bauhaus que permitieron que los conocimientos artisticos se establecieran científicamente. Se basa en los conceptos de la Gestalt para aprender los distintos fenomenos de la percepción.
Rudolf Arnheim is one of those rare and exceptional thinkers gifted in both the arts and science, in this case the science of psychology. This book is about the relation between psychology and art. Its value will be immediately recognized by artists, as well as by those who are interested in how the mind makes sense of the visual world. But the most interesting and valuable aspect of this book is its implications for psychology. The Gestalt theory on which Arnheim's approach is based is a minority view in contemporary psychology, but it is a theoretical viewpoint that is destined for a renaissance. For Gestalt theory recognizes the holistic, emergent aspects of perception, which are so difficult to account for in terms of contemporary neuroscience, but are so clearly evident in the laws of artistic composition. Although this book was originally published in 1954, I believe it is only a matter of time before it receives the recognition it deserves as an invaluable contribution to psychology, as soon as psychology has the wisdom to recognize it as such.