Discipline: Art

The study and theory of the scientific representation of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane, now considered to belong to the science of geometry.

Although perspective painting existed in Roman art, it is only since the Renaissance that artists and theorists have attempted to give a theoretical basis (by the application of linear diagrams) to the problem of depicting solids and volume.

Generally, this has involved the central-projection method, although more complex and sophisticated forms (such as parallel or axonometric perspective) also exist.


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