|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
I'm interested in the neuronal basis for understanding and drawing a geometrical perspective. Greeks and Romans were known to use geometrical perspective in their fresco paintings. This perspective reappears in the Renaissance in the 15th century and persists in European/Western culture to this day. There are cultures, however, where it wasn't/isn't a widely-accepted phenomenon, or never appeared at all (medieval Europe; several Asian cultures like China; ancient Egypt...) So I was wondering... Didn't they understand how to draw in geometrical perspective? Or did they aim to depict something else - maybe they weren't trying to draw realistically? Medieval Europe is particularly interesting. Paintings show towns and buildings, but the images are 'off'. Sometimes reverse perspective was used: was that an unsuccessful attempt at being realistic or did such perspectives serve other purposes? Also, even though figures in the background appear smaller, all people were often drawn the same size – allegedly because the artist knew an actual person couldn't shrink. Today, young teenagers are able to understand geometrical perspective and use it in their drawings. So, if this doesn't occur in every culture, is it because we are exposed to such images at a very young age..? Could someone reared in a different environment actually fail to develop that ability? I've asked a lot of questions so I'll try to sum it up: HOW CAN WE EXPLAIN THE ABILITY OF UNDERSTANDING AND USING GEOMETRICAL PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF NEUROANATOMY AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT? Regarding development, is nature or nurture more important?
Re: Geometrical perspective - why is it absent in many cultures?
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