Pierre AdolpheValette,1910What (again) are allthe devices forindicating depthhere?
Playing withScale:(Rene Magritte,20th C Belgium)
Playing withScale:Robert Therrien(ContemporaryAmerican)
Perspective is everywhere--especially where you findgeometrical forms.
Linear Perspectivewas invented in theearly 15th century byan Italian architectnamed FillipoBrunelleschi. Hewanted to figure outa way to accuratelyrecord hisobservations of theancient Romanbuildings that soinspired him.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, 1498 (Italian)
Ancient Roman Fresco (First Century AD)
Mughal18th C MughalminiatureMiniaturepainting (India)(India)17th C
The Art ofCourtlyLucknow(India)ShirahDiscovers theBody ofFarhad (1800)
A Princessand HerCompanions(1760-1770)
A DancerBalances aBottle(1770)
JapanesepaintingsUkiyo-E style18th-19th C.
Mary Cassatt19th C. American
Matisse, French, 1907 Is there any depth here?
Project Number Seven: Space and ScaleYou are going to make a painting/drawing/collage that deploys both western linearperspective and a non-western Asian (or modernist) sense of space. First, use your penciland ruler to make a 1” border along all sides of you 15”x20” illustration board, then dividethe interior composition in half along the long side—making each rectangle 9”x13”. Using theprocedure I described in both the lecture and the demo, create a one-point perspectiveinterior inside one of these rectangles. This interior is going to be populated with imagerythat represents your ideal, utopian space. What sorts of objects would you want in yourdream place? Be sure to use one-point perspective to draw and position all of thegeometrical elements in this place. Be sure also to use the principles of scale, position,overlapping, and sharp and diminishing detail as well.For the other half of your composition, you are going to use these same perspective spaceelements to create a very non-western or modernist conception of space. Remember fromthe lecture how non-western space is created: shapes can be out of scale, or be flat and setupon (and not within) the picture plane. They don’t have to conform to any particularperspective lines. Shapes can also be equally colorful and detailed, with little or no shading.You can use a variety of media—drawing, painting, and collage—to complete both of thesespaces.Also: think about how to visually link both these individual compositions in some manner tocreate a visually unified overall design.