Perspective in the Visual Culture of Classical Antiquity

Perspective in the Visual Culture of Classical Antiquity

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Linear perspective is a science that represents objects in space upon a plane, projecting them from a point of view. This concept was known in classical antiquity. In this book, Rocco Sinisgalli investigates theories of linear perspective in the classical era. Departing from the received understanding of perspective in the ancient world, he argues that ancient theories of perspective were primarily based on the study of objects in mirrors, rather than the study of optics and the workings of the human eye. In support of this argument, Sinisgalli analyzes, and offers new insights into, some of the key classical texts on this topic, including Euclid's De speculis, Lucretius' De rerum natura, Vitruvius' De architectura and Ptolemy's De opticis. Key concepts throughout the book are clarified and enhanced by detailed illustrations.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 106 b/w illus.
  • 1139558722
  • 9781139558723

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The ancients and mirrors; 2. Lucretius; 3. Vitruvius; 4. Perspective at the center of power; 5. Perspective in the area of Vesuvius; 6. Ptolemy.show more

About Rocco Sinisgalli

Rocco Sinisgalli is Professor of Sciences of Representation in Art and Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome. He is the author of more than twenty books, including A History of the Perspective Scene from the Renaissance to the Baroque, Leonardo and the Divine Proportion and Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting: A New Translation and Critical Edition.show more