Da Vinci's Use of One Point Perspective


This image shows the perspective lines of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Working to popularize the technique of linear perspective first explored by Filippo Brunelleschi, da Vinci used a series of converging lines as a basis to portray the idea of a single vanishing point that concluded at the center of his work, Jesus Christ.  This use of depth perception was unique to the Renaissance, varying from the two-dimensional, characteristically-Medieval style that preceded da Vinci.  With the knowledge that his painting would be displayed on the chapel wall of the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, da Vinci aimed to create a similar viewing experience within his audience, regardless of their position in the room (Brooks).

Source: Brooks, Kevin R. “Depth Perception and the History of Three-Dimensional Art: Who Produced the First Stereoscopic Images?.” i-Perception vol. 8,1 2041669516680114. 1 Jan. 2017, doi:10.1177/2041669516680114.

Image Source: Speake, Terry. “Lecture: Perspective – Dr Terry Speake.” Vincent Murphy, 14 Apr. 2014, vinmurphy.wordpress.com/lecture-notes/visiting-speaker/.

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