Linear perspective is based on the simple notion that objects that are far away appear smaller than objects closer to the viewer. For example, a highway appears to become smaller as it stretches into the distance. Very distant objects can appear as a point.

Artists use linear perspective to create a feeling of depth by using "invisible" lines that converge on a point in the distance called the vanishing point.

Each of the paintings in this learning object use “invisible lines”. Can you spot them?


Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores; Department of Canadian Heritage; U.S. Department of State
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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