Saturday Apr 03, 2004

In Perspective

Portraying real figures in real pictorial space is a distinct characteristic of the Renaissance and Western Classical art.

The invention of mathematical rules for correct perspective came not from a painter, but from Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) of Florence, who was trained as a goldsmith and went on to become one of Italy’s greatest architects.

Before perspective became the “approved” way to paint during the Renaissance, artists tended to portray the importance of objects through size. It was generally accepted that the function of art was the expression of spiritual power, not a means to an end known as naturalistic representation.

After nearly five hundred years of using art to render photographs, the fundamental purpose of art—beginning with impressionism—is returning to the spirit from which it came.»

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