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Unformatted text preview: Eye is always scanning, so this is a particular problem for artists, who want you to return to the main focal area. Composition tries to control the eye. Applies geometric shapes to break down the body into masses. Perspective Alberti is not the first painter to do perspective, just the first one to write down a system. o Writes down his method in On Painting, both in Italian and Latin. Available to the elite, and the mildly educated Printed and published, so it travels across time and space Text isn't very clear because he assumes we know things, does not include illustrations o Humans as a unit of measurement o Articulates views of paintings, hanging out in court circles o Distinguishes between two types of painting Istoria roughly means history Has perspective, a vanishing point, a focus Figures placed logically in space Consistent light source o Figures appear to have consistent volume and mass Use yellow paint instead of gold Consists of literary narratives o No genre scenes of everyday life o No decorative painting, wall painting, etc Foundation of perspective is the human body. Display skill by rendering the human body. Collossus No linear perspective, composition not organized Orthogonals: lines that go to the vanishing point Viewer is part of the picture, there is a desire to place him in a certain position Artist needs to know geometry o Moves up onto a higher intellectual model Masaccio foreshortened the halos, to adhere to the viewer's perspective Giotto has no vanishing point, no real geometry in his perspective A return to roman architecture, rounded classical arches as opposed to pointed gothic ones Architecture of the classics more geometric, emphasizes structure over surface Perspective a way to organize bodies and architecture into a geometric space Linear perspective becomes standard for 15th and early 16th century artists Allows artist to focus your attention on a specific place ...
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- Fall '07