It used to be said that the Renaissance (amongst whom Leonardo da Vinci, vaguely referenced here) invented perspective, but of course, plenty of medieval art uses this technique to communicate distance and proportion.
Medieval art was not so ruled by perspective, however. For example, they practised a competing principle of using size to communicate the most important information in the image. So, for example, an image of knights seiging a castle will often display the whole castle as the same size as the knights, thus enabling the artist to supply more detail about the knights.
Modern art often borrows from medieval drawing techniques, and in a small way, sometimes I do too.
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English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.
As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.