Margaret Livingstone is Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Livingstone has explored the ways in which vision science can understand and inform the world of visual art.
Her work includes how the brain processes visual information and how master artists have understood and taken advantage of these phenomenon in their work.
In her seminal book, Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing Dr. Livingstone explores examples of this including why Mona Lisa's smile seems so mysterious and why Monet's Poppy Field appears to sway in the breeze,among many other examples.
You won't want to miss her symposium lecture, 'What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain'.