Saenredam

The art of perspective

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ISBN 9789027253316 (Eur) | EUR 160.00
ISBN 9781556190155 (USA) | USD 240.00
In this book three issues are discussed which all concern the history of perspective and pertain to the work of the 17th-century artist Pieter Saenredam, best known for his paintings of church interiors.
The book opens with an introduction on central perspective, followed by a discussion of the relationship between central perspective and freehand drawing, in which the concept of ‘implicit curvilinear perspective’ is introduced.
In the next chapter Saenredam’s construction technique is examined in detail. It explores, for example, how and why Saenredam combined distant point perspective with costruzione legittima abbreviata in one and the same drawing. The investigation of his methods is centered around the construction drawings Saenredam made by rule and compass.
The final section of the book deals with the means by which Saenredam acquired his knowledge of perspective.
[OCULI: Studies in the Arts of the Low Countries, 1]  1987.  228 pp., 37 bl/wh ills,bibl.,gloss.,index
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
1
Contents
3
Introduction
5
I. Central Perspective
9
II. Saenredams’ firts Church Interior: Wide-Angle Distortions
33
III. The Constructions
49
IV. Sources of Saenredram’s knowledge of Perspective
85
Notes
93
Appendix — The construction drawings
123
Bibliography
157
Glossary
165
Plates
181
Index
219
Subjects
BIC Subject: AC – History of art / art & design styles
BISAC Subject: ART015000 – ART / History / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  86032669