Masters of Illusions – Monocular Cues Essay
The Renaissance was a time of cultural movement occurring from the 14th century to the 17th century, it brought along with it a new view of art and literature. Many of today’s famous artists came from the Renaissance such as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Many of the pieces they drew displayed evidence monocular cues which are depth perception cues that allowed the viewer to see the art in three dimensions. Today, monocular cues are used almost everywhere, from photographs to movies and television shows to create a visual appeal and depth to the work.
The monocular cue, Linear perspective, is the cue that shows a convergence of lines to a single point, which can also be the vanishing point. Many of the Renaissance art show this cue. For example, in “The school of Athens” by Raphael, it shows a building filled with people. Because all of the lines lead to a certain point, it results in it being the center of the picture and its vanishing point. By doing this, Raphael was able to make the 2D art appear to have depth and 3D. Another artwork that shows linear perspective is “The Last Dinner” by Leonardo da Vinci. In this artwork, it shows a dining hall with people gathered around the table. The angle of the picture shows linear perspective since they all lead to Jesus, who is the vanishing point in this picture. Another evidence of linear perspective can be seen by the doors on the side of the walls, usually a door would be a rectangle, but by turning the rectangular door into a parallelogram, he is able to make it so that the artwork seems to extend into the center. Another monocular cue that is used in Renaissance art is relative size. Relative size explains that the further away the object is, the smaller it appears to be. Relative size can be seen in the artwork, “The Confirmation of the Rule of the Order of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III.” by Domenico Ghirlandaio, shows a pope and his court in the...
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