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authors Salgado, Tomás García
year 2001
title Anamorphic Perspective & Illusory Architecture
source International Conference on Generative Art
summary Anamorphic perspective can be sometimes quite paradoxical. This is the case with the famous false vault by Andrea Pozzo at Saint Ignatius in Rome. Pozzo himself did not consider this painting as an anamorphic projection, but it is indeed. Pozzo deduced the correct perspective drawing for the large canvas (intelaiautura), but what the observer sees is quite different. This article is divided into three parts that can be read separately depending upon the reader’s inúterest. The first part gives us an historical review through some treatises related to the subject and some famous masterpieces. The second part deals with the principles that govern anamorphic perspective, considering the basic cases of projection. One of these cases is preúsented in detail in this part. Finally, the third part is devoted to the analysis of the vaults of Sant’Ignazio and Collegio Romano by means of the author’s method, termed Modular Perúspective. For a better understanding of the origin of Saint Ignatius’s vault, we include a brief historical background in order to grasp the idea that Pozzo’s painting is fundamentally an architectural solution instead of a purely pictorial exercise.
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