perspective

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1per·spec·tive

noun \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of PERSPECTIVE

archaic
:  an optical glass (as a telescope)

Origin of PERSPECTIVE

Middle English perspectyf, from Medieval Latin perspectivum, from neuter of perspectivus of sight, optical, from Latin perspectus, past participle of perspicere to look through, see clearly, from per- through + specere to look — more at per-, spy
First Known Use: 14th century

2per·spec·tive

noun \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of PERSPECTIVE

1
a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance
b :  a picture in perspective
2
a :  the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also :  point of view
b :  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance <trying to maintain my perspective>
3
a :  a visible scene; especially :  one giving a distinctive impression of distance :  vista
b :  a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene — Current Biography>
4
:  the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions
per·spec·tiv·al \pər-ˈspek-ti-vəl, ˌpər-(ˌ)spek-ˈtī-vəl\ adjective

Examples of PERSPECTIVE

  1. The elegant economy of the drawing and the wild inventiveness of such pictorial devices as the towering pitcher's mound and the impossible perspective of Snoopy's doghouse keep the repetitiveness, talkiness, and melancholy of the strip a few buoyant inches off the ground, and save it from being fey. —John Updike, New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2007

Origin of PERSPECTIVE

Middle French, probably modification of Old Italian prospettiva, from prospetto view, prospect, from Latin prospectus — more at prospect
First Known Use: 1563

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

3per·spec·tive

adjective \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of PERSPECTIVE

1
obsolete :  aiding the vision <his eyes should be like unto the wrong end of a perspective glass — Alexander Pope>
2
:  of, relating to, employing, or seen in perspective <perspective drawing> (see 2perspective)
per·spec·tive·ly adverb

Origin of PERSPECTIVE

Middle English, optical, from Medieval Latin perspectivus
First Known Use: 1570

perspective

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Depiction of three-dimensional objects and spatial relationships on a two-dimensional plane. In Western art, illusions of volume and space are generally created by use of the linear perspective system, based on the observation that objects appear to shrink and parallel lines to converge at an infinitely distant vanishing point as they recede in space from the viewer. The vanishing point may have been known to the Greeks and Romans but had been lost until Filippo Brunelleschi rediscovered the principles of linear or “mathematical” perspective early in the 15th century. Linear perspective dominated Western painting until the late 19th century, when Paul Cézanne flattened the conventional picture plane. The Cubists and other 20th-century painters abandoned depiction of three-dimensional space altogether. See also aerial perspective.

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