Perspective Is More than a Viewpoint

Perspective Is More than a Viewpoint
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     challenging words:    black-rimmed, eyeliner, mathematics, pancake-flat, viewpoint, realistic, perspective, matched, sketch, almond-shaped, based, mysterious, meaning, especially, marker, artists
     content words:    So Leonardo, Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi

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Perspective Is More than a Viewpoint
By Colleen Messina

1     Do you know what perspective means? It could be someone's point of view. There is another meaning for the word, especially if you are an artist. Learning about perspective might change how you look at art.
2     The word perspective comes from a Latin word meaning "to look through." Basically, it helps the artist make his or her painting look three-dimensional. This made art much more realistic. It seems like a simple idea, but it was a fantastic change from the pancake-flat pictures that artists had painted for centuries.
3     Artists didn't understand perspective until about the 15th century. Before then, paintings looked flat. The Egyptians used many symbols in their art, but they only showed the front part of objects. Faces were shown sideways, with one black-rimmed, almond-shaped, mysterious eye. The Egyptians didn't seem to care very much, either. They wanted to be sure their eyeliner looked perfect, though.

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