Comparing artistic and geometrical perspective depictions of space in the visual field
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Which is the most accurate way to depict space in our visual eld? Linear perspective, a form of geometrical perspective, has traditionally been regarded as the correct method of depicting visual space. But artists have often found it is limited in the angle of view it can depict; wide-angle scenes require uncomfortably close picture viewing distances or impractical degrees of enlargement to be seen properly. Other forms of geometrical perspective, such as sheye projections, can represent wider views but typically produce pictures in which objects appear distorted. In this study we created an artistic rendering of a hemispherical visual space that encompassed the full visual eld. We compared it to a number of geometrical perspective projections of the same space by asking participants to rate which best matched their visual experience. We found the artistic rendering performed signi cantly better than the geometrically generated projections.
Baldwin, J, Burleigh, A. and Pepperell, R. (2014) 'Comparing artistic and geometrical perspective depictions of space in the visual field', i-Perception. Vol. 5, pp. 536-547
This article was published in i-perception on 1 January 2014 (online), available open access at https://doi.org/10.1068/i0668
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