John Onians, Emeritus Professor
John Onians taught at the University of East Anglia from 1971 to 2007 after study at the University of Cambridge and at the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes, London. His interests range from the close analysis of Italian Renaissance Architecture and Greek and Roman Art to experimentation with broad approaches to art as a worldwide phenomenon, such as art geography. Most recently he has explored the use of neuroscience for the study of art-related behaviours, pioneering neuroarthistory, neuroarchaeology, neuroanthropology and neuromuseology. His books include Bearers of Meaning. The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (1988) and Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome (1999). He was founding editor of the journal Art History (1978-88) and he edited the first Atlas of World Art (2004). He is currently writing a Neuroarthistory of Europe.
Art, the Visual Imagination and Neuroscience: the Chauvet Cave, Mona Lisa’s smile and Michelangelo’s terribilitá,
in CortexFull Text UEA Repository
On Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science,
in Frontiers in Psychology
article no. 515Full Text UEA Repository
The ‘masterpiece’: a social or neural phenomenon?,
in World Art
pp. 187-201Full Text UEA Repository
Neuroarchaeology and the Origins of Representation in the Grotte de Chauvet: a Neural Approach to Archaeology,
in Image and Imagination: a Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation.
ISBN 9781902937489UEA Repository
Neuroarthistory: From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki,
ISBN 9780300126778UEA Repository
Compression vs. Expression: Containing and Explaining the World's Art,
Yale University Press
ISBN 0300097905UEA Repository
Atlas of World Art,
Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856693775UEA Repository
A natural anthropology of art,
in International Journal of Anthropology
pp. 259-264UEA Repository
Alberti and the neuropsychology of style,
in Leon Battista Alberti e il Quattrocento, Studi in Onore di Cecil Grayson e Ernst Gombrich.
Casa Editrice Leo S.Olschki
ISBN 8822249577UEA Repository
Gombrich and biology,
in E. H. Gombrich in Memoriam.
EUNSA EDICIONES UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA
ISBN 8431321253UEA Repository
Architecture and painting: the biological connection,
in The built surface.Vol. 1 Architecture and the pictorial arts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment.
ISBN 075460022XUEA Repository
The Greek Temple and the Greek brain,
in Body and Building. Essays on the changing relation of body and architecture.
The MIT Press
ISBN 0262041952UEA Repository