Synopses & Reviews
"A truly admirable book."—Bookman's Journal and Print Collector
"As a book of reference to the practicing artists who wants to solve some particular difficulty, the book could hardly be bettered."—Field
Rex Vicat Cole makes learning about perspective an enjoyable and fascinating pursuit in this clearly written and profusely illustrated book. Over 390 diagrams illustrate every aspect of the text, and more than 80 illustrations reproduce drawings and paintings—by old masters and by the author—that indicate how perspective is utilized in practice. The book is so well illustrated that many perspective problems can be answered without reference to the text at all.
The text itself clarifies the theory of perspective and offers numerous practice exercises. Among the topics covered are the principle of perspective in theory, the rules of perspective and their application, depths, the use of plans in sketching foreshortened surfaces, inclined planes, the circle, arches, how to draw curves by straight lines, perspective of the sky and sea, perspective of shadows, and more. Two additional sections cover perspective in the history of art and mechanical perspective.
A noted landscape painter and art instructor, Mr. Cole combines common sense with an understanding of Nature's laws to make perspective a subject that every artist can approach with confidence. Art students will also find this book extremely valuable.
Reprints a noted landscape painter's early-twentieth-century work detailing the theory and technical aspects of perspective and presenting numerous practice exercises.
Enjoyable, profusely illustrated guide covers depth, perspective of sky and sea, shadows, and many more topics not usually covered. 391 diagrams, 81 reproductions of drawings and paintings.
Table of Contents
PART I NATURE'S PERSPECTIVE AS SEEN AND USED DAILY BY PAINTERS
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF PERSPECTIVE IN THEORY
Tracing on glass
II. THE RULES OF PERSPECTIVE AND THEIR APPLICATION
Division of lines
IV. THE USE OF PLANS IN SKETCHING FORESHORTENED SURFACES
V. INCLINED PLANES
VI. INCLINED PLANES-continued
VII. THE CIRCLE
In a square
VIII. THE CIRCLE-continued
How to draw them
X. HOW TO DRAW CURVES BY STRAIGHT LINES
XI. ARCHITECTURE OF THE VILLAGE
XII. "CONCERNING DOMES, TURRETS AND STEEPLES"
Octagonal steeple on square tower
Tower and steeple
XIII. PERSPECTIVE OF THE SKY AND SEA
XIV. PERSPECTIVE OF REFLECTIONS
In a mirror
XV. PERSPECTIVE OF SHADOWS
From the sun
Sun in front
On one side
"Tiles: Square, Ornamental"
XVII. PERSPECTIVE OF BOATS AND SHIPPING
Guiding points for curves
The sketch plan
Effect of distance
XVIII. PERSPECTIVE FROM UNUSUAL POINTS OF VIEW
From a bridge
From an airship
Looking at the sky
Position of the painter
"Objects near to, in confined spaces"
PART II PERSPECTIVE AS PRACTISED BY OTHER NATIONS AND AT OTHER TIMES
XIX. PERSPECTIVE IN GREEK AND ROMAN AND OTHER PAINTINGS
Italian and Dutch Schools
XX. PERSPECTIVE IN SOME FRENCH AND ENGLISH PAINTINGS
Painting of ships
XXI. NOTES ON THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE JAPANESE
PART III MECHANICAL PERSPECTIVE
XXII. MECHANICAL PERSPECTIVE: INTRODUCTION
Plan and elevation
XXIII. MECHANICAL PERSPECTIVE-continued
To find the depth of a house
Practical and mechanical perspective
Perspective of a ship
I. Enlarging a sketch
II. To divide a line in given proportions
III. To transfer the division of a line
To estimate the measurements of a canvas proportionately larger or smaller