Ages of Perspective - Jonathan Morgan

A visual representation of the stages in history that show a developmental understanding of textured detail and spacial perspective. Dating back from prehistoric cave art to modern day sculptures designed to be thought provoking, the concepts of negative and positive space, three dimensional space, perspective, and proportion have come a long way.

This rock painting was created by the aboriginees of Australia. It shows two crocodiles painted with red pigment over the rock surface. This ancient painting illustrates the art of prehistoric peoples when the concept of three-dimensional perspective was unknown to the artists, and the purpose of the paintings may have been meant to simply tell a story or keep records.
Depicting several young men prepairing for a sporting competition, this bowl has a smooth texture and flat depictions on its surface. The use of negative and positive perspective was a common feature of pottery in Greece during this time and gives the figures a stark appearance against the darker background.
Two horsemen are shown galloping in this marble relief sculpture. Fine details are given to the object that bring out a sense of realism and three dimensionalism against an otherwise flat wall. The legs of the horses are positioned close to eachother, a common technique used in sculptures like this to show movement an interest.
Shown here is a young girl playing a game known as knucklebones while sitting on the floor. One hand is open and extended as she tosses a pair of bones that are not shown and have been lost over time. The use of details and craftmanship inspired by the Greeks, show the girl in a relaxed pose, her clothes bunching up along the floor and focussed expression on her face.
An early 4th century mosaic depicting a hunting scene. Shown in little details throughout are images of hunters chasing their prey. The colors used against the white background give focus to the figures and the actions they are performing. While the perspective and sense of depth are non-existent, the useage of trees scattered on nearly every tile gives a common reference to size and scale.
This painting was originally created in two segments and later put together to show the newlyweds Martin Luther and his wife Katharina. Having no sense of three dimensional space or defined texture, a plain dark blue background stands in contrast to the portraits of the pair, helping to bring them to the foreground.
This panel painting displays Madonna with the Christ child in her arms at center with St. John, Mary Magdalene, St. George, and St. Martha within surrounding panels. Gold archways surround the individual panels like windows into another room. The two males appear in their own space while the women seem to share one room as suggested by the angles of the walls in the panel.
Artists began to grasp the concept of the vanishing point to create vast landscapes such as this oil painting created in the 1800's. The artist painted detailed and vivid objects closer to view while washing out the objects further away; helping to give the painting its sense of great depth and distance.
This modern sculpture is meant by the artists to be seen from different angles, and what the viewer sees is dependent on where they stand. In this angle the viewer sees nothing and the object's smooth surface shows the viewer only reflection of the room around it and the viewer's own self.
As you walk around and view the object from another angle this sculpture becomes something completely different to the viewers, and transforms, what appears to be the top building itself, into a landscape of the city's skyline. Upon even closer inspection, the painted buildings are made up of images of smaller homes.
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