ILS 204 (4) - Lecture 3 Questions for the day How and why...

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Lecture 3 Questions for the day. . How and why did the Renaissance architects and artists develop the use of perspective? Why did it become so widespread and naturalized in Western art and culture? How is the rise of perspective related to a larger set of peculiarly Western values and practices (such as measuring, mapping, and establishing mastery over nature by having the power to measure and “see” it accurately—the basis for later Western science?) “Man is the measure of all things that he is and is not.”—Protagoras of Abdera (490-22 BCE) Humans as reference point for all meaning Knowledge “is” what humans know of the world Implication that “man” is created to measure, locate, define (cf. Pico’s “Oration”)—both nature and “man” And yet what will it mean that the West comes to emphasize the “measuring” of itself? Rediscovery of Euclid and classical geometry During medieval period, Euclid’s work is lost Sense of proportion and symmetry derived from symbolic perfection of
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ILS 204 (4) - Lecture 3 Questions for the day How and why...

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