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Perspective

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Source: Oxford University Press

Term used in two main senses with respect to art: generally, for any systematic technique that renders the illusion of recession behind a two-dimensional surface (including receding lines, gradients of colour, tone and texture, degrees of clarity etc); but also more specifically, for the geometrical technique of linear perspective, the modern form of which was invented in the early Renaissance.

Janis Callen Bell
From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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