If reality that exists all around would be represented by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, then what our eyes can perceive from this reality would be represented by a tiny dot on the painting and that would still be a complement.
To tetrachromatic artist Concetta Antico, the world is, “like a mosaic of color.”ConcettaAntico.com
- This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person (Popular Science, Oct 13 ,2014):
To tetrachromatic artist Concetta Antico, the world is, “like a mosaic of color.”
When Concetta Antico looks at a leaf, she sees much more than just green. “Around the edge I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she said. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”
Antico doesn’t just perceive these colors because she’s an artist who paints in the impressionist style. She’s also a tetrachromat, which means that she has more receptors in her eyes to absorb color. The difference lies in Antico’s cones, structures in the eyes that are calibrated to absorb particular wavelengths of light and transmit them to the brain. The average person has three cones, which enables him to see about one million colors. But Antico has four cones, so her eyes are capable of picking up dimensions and nuances of color—an estimated 100 million of them—that the average person cannot. “It’s shocking to me how little color people are seeing,” she said.
“You might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue. It’s like a mosaic of color.”