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Oblique Perspective

Oblique Perspective

In an oblique pictorial drawing, the angles displayed among the axis, as well as the foreshortening factors scale are arbitrary. More precisely, any given set of three coplanar segments originating from the same point may be construed as forming some oblique perspective of three sides of a cube

→Hans Holbein the Younger employed two distinct painting styles. One was the staid, formal style of the portraits for which he is widely known. The other is an exhilarating drawing style with a bold use of white highlighting and strong oblique perspective construction. Oblique Perspective was virtually unknown in Holbein’s time. Holbein’s sketch of the Holy Family with two saints therefore offers a striking advance from the stolid one-point perspectives of the early Renaissance. It is staged in an unabashed oblique view, with the drama of the eye level at the foot of the tableau. Rather than the plain archways of prior work, Holbein develops a complex structure of receding vaults and chamfers. To do so requires an understanding of the projection of the semi-circular structures in the portico to oblique ellipses in the plane of the picture. This is a challenging geometrical construction, especially in the early 1500s. Even now, few artists would know how to generate the nested ellipses in the right configuration to match the intended structure←

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