Evolution of Perspective

By Morgan Robinson

Note the Medieval idealized figures, the simple perspective work, and the clear religious tone, all indicative of medieval art.
Note how the lack of right angles in the courtyard complicates the background. It is possible this was included as a technical exercise for the artist, as opposed for any inherently artistic purpose.
There are some questionable projections here in the side panels, though overall this is a strong effort.
An unusual inclusion of perspective on a manuscript illustration. Also observe the gold lease in the marginal framework and divine rays.
Not only does the depiction show archetypal single-point perspective, but the building shows the debt that Renaissance architecture owe to Roman design concepts; in this case the barrel vault.
This illuminated manuscript does ,include rudimentary perspective, however, both the different vanishing points on the cable and the riser it rests upon.
The eccentric placement of the walls show a higher degree of sophistication and understanding with perspective.
By far one of the most widely know architectural drawings of the Italian Renaissance. Note the idealized symmetry of the courtyard, and minor asymmetric alterations of the other buildings.
This semi-indoor structure calls back to the Greek and Roman arcades.
The arches in the painting show a transition to the Gothic arch style.
This is an interesting study of barrel vaulting in perspective.
The elaborate adornments on the structure in the background speak of the design movement that would eventually define the Baroque architectural style.
Eventually, the novelty of the technique wore thin, and perspective was only another tool rather than a central element of the composition.
The use of shadow her helps to establish the geometry of the canal and the buildings along it. Both shadow and perspective are elements of basic optics.
At this late date precedent was well established. Still, the perspective leads to some tricky projection in the dome's coffering.