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Optical Correction in Sixteenth-Century Theory and Practice

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A survey of 16th-century writings on optical correction, “the compensation of the effects which distance and position may have on works of art.” Works by Albrecht Dürer, Sebastiano Serlio, Walther Ryff, Pietro Cataneo, Vincenzo Scamozzi, and Heinrich Lautensack demonstrate that the techniques of optical correction were intended, almost exclusively, for the use of architects. These techniques had only limited application in painting and pictorial perspective.

Keywords: Architecture; Art; Optics; Renaissance

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 1993

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