The Renaissance and perspective

In Renaissance Italy, Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72) used painting as a metaphor for a window on the world and saw the painting as an intersection between a viewed point and the viewer of the image. In his treatise on architecture of 1537 (later published as The Five Books of Architecture), Sebastiano Serlio (1475–1554) recognizes a series of urban settings for his theatrical productions. He uses the newly developed method of perspective to explore the ideas of the Noble, the Comic, and the Satyric. These images describe streets. Each of his street scenes illustrates a different character of the city within the street. The comic scene is chaotic, the noble scene dignified, the satyric scene—as the satyr is half ...

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