Unformatted text preview: Linear Perspective Development and Use In 1415 Filippo Brunelleschi demonstrated the geometrical method of perspective by painting the outlines of various Florentine buildings onto a mirror. When a building's outline was continued he noticed that all of the lines converged on the horizon line. He then set up a demonstration of his painting of the Baptistery in the incomplete doorway of the Duomo. He had the viewer look through a small hole on the back of the painting, facing the Baptistery. He would then set up a mirror, facing the viewer that reflected his painting. To the viewer the painting of the Baptistry and the Baptistery itself were nearly indistinguishable. 1 We can do something similar nowadays using a photograph of a scene. Soon thereafter nearly every artist in Florence used geometrical (linear) perspective in their paintings. Donatello started sculpting elaborate checkerboard floors into the simple manger portrayed in the birth of Christ. Although hardly historically accurate these checkerboard floors portrayed in the birth of Christ....
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- renaissance, linear perspective, Filippo Brunelleschi, Baptistery