Importance Of Perspective In Renaissance Art

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Perspective is considered one of the most important aspects of Renaissance art. Artists such as Masaccio, Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael made the use of this device in many of their work. Thanks to Filippo Brunelleschi, who ‘invented’ and developed this technique called one point linear perspective. The intention of perspective in Renaissance art is to depict reality, reality being the ‘truth’. By simulating the three dimensional space on a flat surface, we in fact incorporate this element of realism into it.
Perspective was of great significance to the Renaissance artist as it embodied the aestheticism but also the intelligence in an artwork. The use of perspective was the logical justification and representation of space and by this mean
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In order to get a spatially realistic scene, that is, coherent in depth, Leonardo used lines perpendicular to the plane of the picture that converge towards a vanishing point and horizontal lines, obtained by calculating the scale at which they recede back. He wrote and described perspective as being a phenomenon whereby “all objects transmit their image to the eye by a pyramid of lines”.
His approach to design the architectural space in The Last Supper is intriguing, that is, the way he organized the figures in relation to the architecture. The reason behind this, is because he arranged the features of the fresco according to musical harmonies. Leonardo believed that, the integration of the musical harmonies would bring symbiosis to the optical space of the painting and to the one viewing the painting.
Leonardo clearly understood how single point perspective could control how the viewer perceived his painting. He employed this technique to draw our attention to Christ’s face which is at the center of the composition. Likewise Christ’s gaze is directed to his left hand whereby he is reaching for the ‘bread’. Together with the holy wine, Christ was to offer the Eucharist, symbolic of The Last
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