Research point 5: Linear perspective

We did a lot of research on forms of perspective in Drawing 1 – the link to one of my posts (angular perspective) is here

For this research point we are asked to go online and look at the basics of linear perspective in order to prepare for the next exercise. I understand we will be looking in more depth at perspective in Part 4.

Linear perspective, a system of creating an illusion of depth on a flat surface. All parallel lines (orthogonals) in a painting or drawing using this system converge in a single vanishing point on the composition’s horizon line.


There are several excellent sources for information on perspective. I found a really clear one on I won’t copy and paste the information, as I have stored that elsewhere on my machine for easy reference.

One of my reference books, also gives some ideas on perspective, especially how to check your drawings to make sure all the angles are correct.

Paolo Uccello, about 1397 – 1475 Niccolò Mauruzi da Tolentino at the Battle of San Romano probably about 1438-40 Egg tempera with walnut oil and linseed oil on poplar, 182 x 320 cm Bought, 1857 NG583

Uccello’s painting, above, is one of the earliest examples of linear perspective. The strange foreshortening of the soldier’s corpse in the left foreground shows the difficulties in applying what was, at that time, a very new idea. (Source: Reader’s Digest – credit below)

Meindert Hobbema, 1638 – 1709 The Avenue at Middelharnis 1689 Oil on canvas, 103.5 x 141 cm Bought, 1871 NG830

The above image is a very clear example of linear perspective – the trees receding into the vanishing point, all create a sense of depth. As do the line of saplings on the right foreground, which also point at the horizon line, reinforcing the perspective in this famous painting by Hobbema.


My learning log post (Drawing 1) link:

Understanding Linear Perspective in Art

Reader’s Digest Drawing and Painting Techniques Reader’s Digest Association Limited 2004 Ps.219-221

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