Linear Perspective In Art Analysis

Art is constantly changing. Styles come in and out of favor, subject matter old and new are painted and explored, and new techniques are developed. One major development and new technique that vastly changed art was the use of linear perspective during 15th Century Italy. As with any new technique, the use of linear perspective took a while to advance and become the mathematically based depth cue that people now know it as. In the beginning, it was simply the slight convergence of lines, not always to the same vanishing point. This convergence of lines gave viewers of this new artistic technique, the suggestion that one object was in front of another. (Stokstad, 2014)
There are many theories about how linear perspective advanced rapidly
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Da Vinci has not only been quoted as talking about mirrors and their value in art, but in his notebooks Da Vinci wrote extensively about them. In several sections of his notebooks in titled How The Mirror Is The Master [And Guide] Of Painters and Of Judging Your Own Pictures, Da Vinci discusses and questions, “Why are paintings seen more correctly in a mirror than out of it?” (Richter, 1970). He proposes that using a mirror flips the painting’s image and makes a painter’s art look unlike their own work and therefore makes it easier to see the flaws in their own work. Da Vinci also goes on to explain the …show more content…
He was a writer, mathematician, inventor, and artist that was rivaled by few intellectually. Through his own journal, Da Vinci maintains that the mirror is, “master and guide of painters” and how artists should learn to judge their own paintings. Da Vinci claims in his own words that mirrors help develop linear perspective as they can easily show an artist how a three dimensional scene should be laid flat onto a two dimensional canvas. Da Vinci like Brunelleschi knew the power a mirror had to reflect how a painting should look when finished and completed to its most comprehensive self. The development of the smooth clear images of the Venice glassmaker’s mirrors and linear perspective happening at the same time was no coincidence. There is little doubt that the development of these mirrors was what helped drive the development of linear perspective and the precise translation of three dimensional scenes onto two dimensional

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