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Ideal City by Piero della Francesca Enlarge

Ideal City
(Piero della Francesca, Public domain)


In art, perspective is a graphic technique that creates the feeling of distance, depth, and position of elements represented on a flat surface; and bestows on painted or drawn landscapes, characters, and objects a three-dimensional aspect.

If certain works seem to presume some knowledge of perspective in the ancient arts, it was nevertheless during the Renaissance that it truly came into vogue. During this period, certain artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Piero della Francesca, experimented and developed new ways of representing it.

Later, mathematicians and surveyors elaborated great theories on the laws of perspective, laws which the followers of Cubism enjoyed, moreover, challenging.

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