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I. Terminology

The modern term perspective has its origin in the concept of ars perspectiva expounded by L.B. Alberti in 1435 in his treatise De Pictura (1,18-21) [1]. According to this, the painter gazes through a window at an object which is traced and then located in three dimensions in an empty 'spatial box'. The outline visible on the plane of the window is the perspectival projection [8. 121; 10. 79-82]. Ancient theory of art…

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Koch, Heidemarie (Marburg) and Koch, Nadia Justine (Tübingen), “Perspective”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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