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The Cutting Surface: On Perspective as a Section, Its Relationship to Writing, and Its Role in Understanding Space

Korolija Fontana-Giusti, Gordana (1999) The Cutting Surface: On Perspective as a Section, Its Relationship to Writing, and Its Role in Understanding Space. AA Files, 40 . pp. 56-64. ISSN 0261-6823. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84301)

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Abstract

This article analyses the notion of perspective as a cutting surface as argued by Leon Battista Alberti in his 'De pictura'. It establishes the conditions under which this notion has emerged in the fifteenth century. Alberti's theory of perspective has since been appropriated and disseminated by many including Leonardo and Albrecht Dürer and has grew in prominence, consequently becoming understood as an inevitable, natural phenomenon and a common sense. The author questions this chain of events by pointing out that perspective has been an artificial construct from the beginning. Furthermore she analyses perspective's relationship to the notion of the flat surface of the page in order to shed light on Alberti's way of thinking as a scholar that is in sharp contrast to Brunelleschi, the architect / builder, whose conception of perspective was differently conceived and grasped.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Perspective, painting, architecture, drawings, Renaissance, perception
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Gordana Fontana-Giusti
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2020 08:31 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84301 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Korolija Fontana-Giusti, Gordana: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4725-3753
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