Renaissance Perspective

One-point perspective is the spacial rendering of a figure whose sides recede toward a single vanishing point.  In the period of the Renaissance this style was very common.  Many artists used one-point perspective to express the beauty of the buildings or other structures at the time.  It was this art period that people began to focus on creating a more realistic scenery and in order to do this they needed to obtain the correct proportions and views of what they were drawing, painting etc.  Overall, one-point perspective was very important in the Renaissance because it was part of the re-awakening of art forms from ancient Greece and Rome.                                One example of one-point perspective artwork that was done during the period of the Renaissance is a piece called "Perspective Scenery",which  was created in the second third of the sixteenth century.  It represents many elements of fantasy and a good knowledge of the classical language.  Sadly, it was the artists only surviving architectural design.  During the Renaissance(ca. 1480-1484) "The Ideal City" was made, modeling many of the structures or ideas of Rome.  For example, central perspective, urban planning and respect for the culture was shown here.  Overall, the beauty of this painted city represents a leader who truly cares about its citizens.  Next we have "Architectural Veduta," around 1490.  This artwork is a good example of space and parts of it were formulated by Humanism spirit.  Like "The Ideal City", "Archtectural Veduta" illustrates urban planning or organization and central perspective.  Lastly,  "St.Bernardino Preaching" was created in about 1462 to about 1463.  St. Bernardino was one of the most important traveling preachers in Italy during the fifteenth century and here he is preaching in a revealed church that shows the interior design of the area. You would think that he would be the focus of the scene, but the artist seemed to focus on the crucifix found in the center of the piece.                                                                                                        Overall, the design of  "Perspective Scenery" by Diego de Siloe, "The Ideal City" by Fra Carnevale, "Architectural Veduta" by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and "St. Bernadino Preaching" by Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni Vecchietta are all relatively similar.  This is because of the technique that the artists used called one-point perspective. It is also because these pieces were all made at times that are very close to each other.  If the observer of these artworks were to put them all side by side they would see many similarities and differences that allow them to connect, but also retain their own individual uniqueness.  Without one-point perspective the style of the artists in this time period would be completely different and art might not be what it is today.

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