linear perspective


Definition of linear perspective

: a system of creating an illusion of depth and distance in drawing, painting, relief sculpture, etc., by depicting parallel lines as converging Consider the way in which modernist painting calls attention to the flatness of the two-dimensional canvas rather than employing the rules of linear perspective in order to generate an illusion of depth.— Roger Copeland

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Recent Examples on the Web This period is marked by castles, cathedrals, and linear perspective in painting., "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 4 Sep. 2019 Completed in 1427, it is believed to be the first work to fully apply the laws of linear perspective. Allesandra Pagano, National Geographic, "The painter behind 'Birth of Venus' invented a new kind of art," 24 July 2019 But the true genius of using linear perspective is that its elements—a vanishing point and a horizon line—express the painting’s scriptural message. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 The invention paved the way for telescopes and revolutionized art, allowing the Italian painter Filippo Brunelleschi to discover the linear perspective in 1425. Doug Main, The Atlantic, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of linear perspective

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Linear perspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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