Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A Single Vanishing Point in Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper



The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
1495 to 1498
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Leonardo's painting of The Last Supper, has a single vanish point. The painting is constructed with a linear perspective. This is because all the perspectival lines are not composed parallel to the picture plane; and appear to converge at a single point, the vanishing point. This point also indicates the orientation of the painting's spatial composition and horizon line.

Leonardo was a pioneer of the single point perspective in painting, which he used to create more realistic paintings and create a stronger sense of naturalsim. See our recommended book on Leonardo da Vinci:


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