Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 64–98

Speculations on the Origins of Linear Perspective

Including analyses of Masaccio’s Trinity and Piero’s Flagellation
Research Articles

DOI: 10.1007/s00004-002-0005-5

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Talbot, R. Nexus Netw J (2003) 5: 64. doi:10.1007/s00004-002-0005-5


Richard Talbot demonstrates an approach and method for constructing perspectival space that may account for many of the distinguishing spatial and compositional features of key Renaissance paintings. The aim of the paper is also to show that this approach would not necessarily require, as a prerequisite, any understanding of the geometric basis and definitions of linear perspective as established by Alberti. The author discusses paintings in which the spatial/geometric structure has often defied conventional reconstruction when the strict logic of linear perspective is applied.


Richard Talbotorigin of linear perspectivePiero della FrancescaFlagellation of ChristFlagellazione di Cristopavement patternsperspective constructionRenaissance artPaolo UccelliHunt in the ForestMasaccio Trinity TrinitàBrunelleschi
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tyne and WearUnited Kingdom