Post-perspective with Jon Clarkson

In this lecture, we learnt about the different perspectives within the history of art – from the 1500’s to present day.

It began with Hans Holbein, who started by playing around with perspectives.


His piece called The Ambassadors (1533) included two wealthy looking men – we get this impression by their surroundings and clothing, but also a distorted image of a skull. From viewing the painting front on, you can’t see it is a skull; you have to view it from the side.

We also looked at time and view point perspectives by looking at Eadweard Muybridge, A woman getting into a bed (1887). This piece consists of a series of photos that have been captured chronologically and also at different view points (vertically). The different perspectives gives the viewer more information about it, in this case about a woman getting into a bed, than if it was a single photograph or painting.

A woman getting into a bed (1887)
A woman getting into a bed (1887)

In contrast to Muybridge, Etienne- Jules Marey produced the motion of an action in one photographic plate; The flight of a seagull (1887).


Whether this looks like a bird in flight is debatable, as it is subjective to what a likeness would be.



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