The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface.
Giving the right impression of height, width, depth & relation to each other.
Geometry – the relation of two figures on the same plane.
Four examples of perspective:
- reading planes
We only find the world we are looking for.
Recognition – our knowledge plays a big part again in reading a visual.
Indexicality – interpretation, smoke (an index of fire).
‘We would not understand an image of a horse, unless we know what a horse is’.
From the Renaissance onwards, visual composition became dominated by the system of perspective.
Images became more dependant on the viewer for their completion.
Is perspective a discovery, or an invention of the renaissance artists?
Creating illusion from perspective – one ideal viewing position.
Light travels in straight lines, we can not see round corners.
Monocular vision – one definitive vantage point.
Non-Westernised peoples frequently don not ‘read’ perspectival images.