How we see an object has everything to do with how that object is illuminated. But our brains have adapted to see white as white whether it’s under harsh fluorescent light or soft daylight, whether it’s cast under blue or yellow light. That’s called color constancy, said Anya Hurlbert, professor of visual neuroscience at Newcastle University. It’s something that Monet played with all the time, painting the color of hay bale shadows purple, for example, according to the light that was illuminating them.
“Monet was exquisitely sensitive to the color of light,” Hurlbert said.
Read on, and have scientists smarter than I explain the intricacies of eye mechanics. Impress friends this weekend with your deep technical knowledge of the day’s great debate. What color is that dress?
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