Depth Exploration

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Objective: Understand techniques for presenting depth in artwork.

  1. 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.
  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. 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.