Linear Line Cityscape

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Linear Line Cityscape

  1. 1. Kamil Vojnar • Digital Image • Created for the cover of the book “American Gods”
  2. 2. Renaissance • A revival of cultural awareness and learning that took place during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries • primarily in Italy, but also in Germany and other European countries. • The period was characterized by a renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art • Emphasis on human beings, their environment, science, and philosophy.
  3. 3. Linear Perspective Linear perspective is a mathematical system for creating the illusion of space and distance on a flat surface.
  4. 4. Filippo Brunelleschi • First to demonstrate principles
  5. 5. Brunelleschi used a pair of mirrors with a hole drilled into one to make an exact copy of the Baptistery in Florence.
  6. 6. San Lorenzo, Florence
  7. 7. Leon Battista Alberti • First to write down principles of linear perspective
  8. 8. Palazzo
  9. 9. Alberti’s work
  10. 10. To use linear perspective… an artist must first imagine the picture surface as an "open window" through which one sees the painted world. Straight lines are then drawn on the canvas to represent the horizon and "visual rays" connecting the viewer's eye to a point in the distance.
  11. 11. Leonardo da Vinci • learned linear perspective while Verrocchio’s apprentice in Florence.
  12. 12. Annunciation, a painting Leonardo da Vinci completed when he was only 21 years old.
  13. 13. The horizon line… runs across the canvas at the eye level of the viewer. The horizon line is where the sky appears to meet the ground.
  14. 14. The vanishing point… should be located near the center of the horizon line. The vanishing point is where all parallel lines (orthogonals) that run towards the horizon line appear to come together like train tracks in the distance.
  15. 15. Orthogonal lines… are "visual rays" helping the viewer's eye to connect points around the edges of the canvas to the vanishing point. An artist uses them to align the edges of walls and paving stones.
  16. 16. Sketch a copy of this image and label the principles of linear perspective.

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