Leonardo's Window


During the Renaissance in Italy, architects and artists investigated the question of how to draw three dimensional objects on flat surfaces. They began to think of a painting as an "open window" through which the viewer sees the painted world. They also developed a system of mathematical rules known as linear perspective to help painters achieve their goal of realism.


Exploring Linear Perspective


Leonardo learned the rules of perspective and practiced using the window as a device for drawing perspective correctly while he was an apprentice in Verrochio's studio.

Perspective is nothing else than seeing a place or objects behind a plane of glass, quite transparent, on the surface of which the objects behind the glass are to be drawn. ~Leonardo

Classroom Activity: Using Leonardo's Window


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