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{{objective|Understand techniques for presenting depth in artwork.}}
 
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{{materials|Printed copies of [[The Announcement of the Virgin's Death]] and [[wikipedia:Flagellation_of_Christ_(Piero_della_Francesca)|The Flagellation]]}}
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<li> Look at the images below (click to make them larger).  For each artwork, discuss techniques used by the artist to give a sense of depth.</li>
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Image:lascaux-hall-of-bulls.jpg|Hall of the Bulls. Lascaux cave painting.  France, c15000-10000BC
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File:khnumhotep-oryxes.jpg|Tomb of Khnum-hotep.  Egypt, c2400BC
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File:Greece-laestrygonians-100bc.jpg|The Laestrygonians.  Wall painting. Greece, c100BC
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File:Luoshenfu_Gu_Kai_Zhi.jpg|Luoshenfu (middle section), Gu Kai Zhi.  China, 344-406AD.
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File:Otto-christ_crowns_henry2-c1000.jpg|Christ crowns Henry and Kunigunde.  Germany, 1007-1012
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Image:duccio-annc-virg-death-1308.jpg|Annunciation of the Virgin's Death, Duccio, 1308
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Image:d-francesca-flagellation-1458.jpg|Flagellation, Piero della Francesca, 1455-1460
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Image:kupka-1910-planes-by-colors.jpg|Planes by Colors, F. Kupka, 1910
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<li>Look at Escher's [[Depth]] ({{Magic}} #269).  What techniques does Escher use to portray depth?</li>
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<li>On a copy of Duccio’s <cite>[[The Announcement of the Virgin's Death]]</cite>, notice that lines which head away from the viewer are diagonal.  Use a pen and a ruler to extend all of these lines.<ref>"There has also been a most unfortunate fashion for drawing lines over Piero's pictures with the purpose of exposing their alleged underlying geometrical structure...trying to find perspective schemes seems to me like trying to extract the sunbeams from cucumbers." From J.V. Field, <cite>Piero Della Francesca</cite></ref>  Do the same for the receeding lines in Piero della Francesca’s <cite>[[wikipedia:Flagellation_of_Christ_(Piero_della_Francesca)|The Flagellation]]</cite> (painted 150 years later).  What difference do you detect?</li>
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{{handin|A sheet with answers to the questions, and marked up copies of Announcement and Flagellation.}}
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# Look at the images at http://euler.slu.edu/~clair/escher/depth .  For each artwork, discuss techniques used by the artist to give a sense of depth.
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[[category:Art and Perception Explorations]]
# Look at Escher's [[Depth]] ({{Magic}} #269).  What techniques does Escher use to portray depth?
 
# On a copy of Duccio’s <cite>[[The Announcement of the Virgin's Death]], notice that lines which head away from the viewer are diagonal.  Use a pen and a ruler to extend all of these lines.  Do the same for the receeding lines in della Francesca’s [[Flagellation]] (painted 150 years later).  What difference do you detect?
 
 
 
{{handin|A sheet with answers to the questions, and marked up copies of Announcement and Flagellation.}}
 

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Objective: Understand techniques for presenting depth in artwork.

Materials: Printed copies of The Announcement of the Virgin's Death and The Flagellation

  1. Look at the images below (click to make them larger). For each artwork, discuss techniques used by the artist to give a sense of depth.
  2. Look at Escher's Depth (Magic of M.C. Escher #269). What techniques does Escher use to portray depth?
  3. On a copy of Duccio’s The Announcement of the Virgin's Death, notice that lines which head away from the viewer are diagonal. Use a pen and a ruler to extend all of these lines.[1] Do the same for the receeding lines in Piero della Francesca’s The Flagellation (painted 150 years later). What difference do you detect?

Handin: A sheet with answers to the questions, and marked up copies of Announcement and Flagellation.

  1. "There has also been a most unfortunate fashion for drawing lines over Piero's pictures with the purpose of exposing their alleged underlying geometrical structure...trying to find perspective schemes seems to me like trying to extract the sunbeams from cucumbers." From J.V. Field, Piero Della Francesca