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Author Sinisgalli, Rocco
Title Perspective in the visual culture of classical antiquity / Rocco Sinisgalli, University of Rome-La Sapienza
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  NC748 S617 2012    AVAILABLE    30530001135326
Descript xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note "Linear perspective is a science that represents objects in space upon a plane, projecting them from a point of view. This concept was known in classical antiquity. In this book, Rocco Sinisgalli investigates theories of linear perspective in the classical era. Departing from the received understanding of perspective in the ancient world, he argues that ancient theories of perspective were primarily based on the study of objects in mirrors, rather than the study of optics and the workings of the human eye. In support of this argument, Sinisgalli analyzes, and offers new insights into, some of the key classical texts on this topic, including Euclid's De speculis, Lucretius' De rerum natura, Vitruvius' De architectura, and Ptolemy's De opticis. Key concepts throughout the book are clarified and enhanced by detailed illustrations"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index
1. The ancients and mirrors -- 2. Lucretius -- 3. Vitruvius -- 4. Perspective at the center of power -- 5. Perspective in the area of Vesuvius -- 6. Ptolemy
Subject Perspective -- History -- To 1500
Visual perception -- History -- To 1500
ART / History / Ancient & Classical. bisacsh
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