Perspective and Anti-perspective in Art since Antiquity

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Perspective and Anti-perspective in Art since Antiquity
Lecture at the International Hellenic University

Perspective and Anti-perspective in Art since Antiquity was the subject of the lecture given by Richard Whitlock, artist and theorist, on Wednesday afternoon, 14 March, at the International Hellenic University.

The Dean of the School of Humanities of the IHU, Professor Basil Gounaris welcomed the artist and highlighted the diverse artistic and educational work he has undertaken.

"Perspective is a useful tool for artists who want to create the illusion of reality," Whitlock emphasized, "but non-perspectival projections have been favoured by artists throughout history who have wanted to give their works the breath of life itself."

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In the first part of the lecture, Mr Whitlock compared perspectival images with images without perspective, such as children's drawings. He then took the audience back in time to Plato’s critique of illusionism in painting following this thought through the history of painting right up to the Russian avant-garde. Of particular interest were the phases encompassing ancient Egyptian art, the Fayum portraits, Byzantine icons and mosaics and also the Chinese painting tradition. The third part of the lecture was devoted to the differences between computer games which use perspective and those which do not. His presentation was followed by questions and a lively discussion with the audience.

Read more about Richard Whitlock:
http://richardwhitlock.gr

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