linear perspective

   A system of drawing or painting in which the artist attempts to create the illusion of spatial depth on a two-dimensional surface. It works by following consistent geometric rules for rendering objects as they appear to the human eye. For instance, we see parallel lines as converging in the distance, although in reality they do not. Stated another way, the lines of buildings and other objects in a picture are slanted inward making them appear to extend back into space. If lengthened these lines will meet at a point along an imaginary horizontal line representing the eye level. Each such imaginary line is called an orthogonal. The point at which such lines meet is called a vanishing point.

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  • linear perspective — Perspective Per*spec tive, n. [F. perspective, fr. perspectif: cf. It. perspettiva. See {Perspective}, a.] 1. A glass through which objects are viewed. [Obs.] Not a perspective, but a mirror. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is seen… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • linear perspective — see PERSPECTIVE n …   English World dictionary

  • linear perspective — a mathematical system for representing three dimensional objects and space on a two dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that radiate from one point (one point perspective), two points… …   Universalium

  • linear perspective — noun Date: circa 1656 perspective 1a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • linear perspective — noun A form of geometric perspective in which parallel lines are represented as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance …   Wiktionary

  • linear perspective — /lɪniə pəˈspɛktɪv/ (say lineeuh puh spektiv) noun that branch of perspective which regards only the apparent positions, magnitudes, and forms of objects delineated …   Australian English dictionary

  • linear perspective — noun the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer • Syn: ↑perspective • Hypernyms: ↑appearance, ↑visual aspect • Part Meronyms: ↑vanishing point, ↑horizon, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • linear perspective — noun (U) a way of drawing and painting that gives the appearance of distance or depth …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • linear perspective — lin′ear perspec′tive n. fia math. a graphic system for representing depth and volume on a flat surface by means of lines converging at a point or points on a horizon • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • One-point linear perspective —    A mathematical method thought to have been devised by Filippo Brunelleschi and used to render convincing three dimensional spaces on two dimensional surfaces. In this method, all orthogonal lines converge at a single vanishing point placed on… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

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