Understand techniques for presenting depth in artwork.
- Look at the images below (click to make them larger). For each artwork, discuss techniques used by the artist to give a sense of depth.
Look at Escher's Depth (Magic of M.C. Escher #269). What techniques does Escher use to portray depth?
On a copy of Duccio’s The Announcement of the Virgin's Death, notice that lines which head away from the viewer are diagonal. Use a pen and a ruler to extend all of these lines. Do the same for the receeding lines in Piero della Francesca’s The Flagellation (painted 150 years later). What difference do you detect?
Hall of the Bulls. Lascaux cave painting. France, c15000-10000BC
Tomb of Khnum-hotep. Egypt, c2400BC
The Laestrygonians. Wall painting. Greece, c100BC
Luoshenfu (middle section), Gu Kai Zhi. China, 344-406AD.
Christ crowns Henry and Kunigunde. Germany, 1007-1012
Annunciation of the Virgin's Death, Duccio, 1308
Flagellation, Piero della Francesca, 1455-1460
Planes by Colors, F. Kupka, 1910
A sheet with answers to the questions, and marked up copies of Announcement and Flagellation.
- ↑ "There has also been a most unfortunate fashion for drawing lines over Piero's pictures with the purpose of exposing their alleged underlying geometrical structure...trying to find perspective schemes seems to me like trying to extract the sunbeams from cucumbers." From J.V. Field, Piero Della Francesca