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The title is a tad over-the-top, but it's interesting to see scientists confirming something we as artists all take for granted. That is, using lost and found edges to lead the eye.
that site totally needs to be redesigned; it doesn't look trustworthy at all
Listen.A University of British Columbia researcher has uncovered what makes Rembrandt's masterful portraits so appealing...
... "The transition from sharp to blurry edges, known as 'lost and found edges,' also directed the viewers eyes around the portrait in a sort of narrative."
That's the sound of painters around the world facepalming.
It is a little obvious to us as artists, but I still think it's cool that they replicated the effect and tracked eye movement to test it. Another of James Gurney's posts show that our notions of how the eye moves through a painting aren't always correct, so it's rather neat to have the scientific data to back up this particular technique.