The Art and Science of Depiction -- Frédo Durand

Drawing systems

Wednesday, April 25. 2001


Catalogue and discussion of the possible drawing systems. Issues of efficient shape representation, invariants, secondary geometry. Linear drawing systems: parallel, linear perspective, divergent perspective.

Slides of the lecture

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Assignments for Monday April 30

Chapters 8 & 9 of Solso's Cognition and the Visual Arts
Write a little summary or comment (1/2 page each).

Project subject

Further Reading
Art and Representation, New Principles in the Analysis of Pictures, John Willats, Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN:0691087377, 1997
The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat, Martin Kemp, Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300052413, 1992
The Poetics of Perspective, James Elkins, Cornell Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801483794, 1996
Eyewitness: Perspective, Alison Cole, DK Publishing; ISBN: 0789455854, 2000
Optics, Painting and Photography,
Maurice Henri Leonard Pirenne, Cambridge Univ Pr., 1970
Leonardo on Painting : An Anthology of Writings by Leonardo Da Vinci With a Selection of Documents Relating to His Career As an Artist, Martin Kemp , Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300045093, 1989
On Painting, Leon Battista Alberti, Penguin USA; ISBN: 0140433317, reprint, 1991.

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