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C:\Stipes Publishing ISBN 1-58874-556-2\Ch_04_perspective\04-02.doc © 2006 J.Janossy 46 A summary of perspective techniques Perspective is synonymous with depicting depth . Paintings, sketches, printed illustrations and photographs are all two-dimensional objects. They have width and height but are essentially flat surfaces with no appreciable third “receding” dimension. Yet many artists want to depict things in such as way as to have our eyes “see” the third dimension. To accomplish this, artists of the period immediately preceding the Renaissance, and during the Renaissance itself, began to experiment with techniques that would make it appear to the eye as if a two-dimensional depiction really did have the third dimension of depth. The technique most commonly associated with producing the illusion of depth is linear perspective . An understanding of this was pioneered by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377- 1446) in the fifteenth century. Brunelleschi evolved his understanding of linear
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