Divisions of perspective

First of all, the educational part of this post:

“The divisions of Perspective are 3, as used in drawing; of these, the first includes the diminution in size of opaque objects; the second treats of the diminution and loss of outline in such opaque objects; the third, of the diminution and loss of colour at long distances.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

Now the fun part:

Inspired by da Vinci’s Last Supper, Madrid, February 2018

Inspired by da Vinci’s Last Supper, Athens, February 2019

Inspired by da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Athens, February 2019

And now a chance to stretch the squares:



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 2 July 2020

Posted as part of SquarePerspectives and Monday Mural

38 thoughts on “Divisions of perspective

  1. I finally got back online late last night and am now playing catch-up. I love both Last Supper’s but the one from Athens looks political in nature and the hands of the “common man” pleading for help. I certainly didn’t feel like it was due to adoration. My favorite da Vinci is the Vitruvian Man.

    You have found some genuine beauties here.

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  2. They are all quite fabulous, but the Mona Lisa eyes is my favourite.
    Thanks for participating Debbie.


    1. Yes, it’s very clever – with small figures in the irises. It’s a massive scale and the only way to appreciate the whole thing is to stand on the other side of a busy road.


  3. Leonardo’s notebooks about perspective and distance are remarkable — he was the first to articulate a lot of these things.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. Most disturbing with those hands reaching…. But great post, as Margaret said, who knew that there was so much out there inspired by The Last Supper?

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    1. I saw one at a pub in Dublin too, but didn’t have time to dig that out! I just popped into the Cathedral to work out where the black Last Supper will be – it was there ready to be hung up for Saturday.
      Photos should be ok, as it’s close to the rose window. I wondered if they were putting it in a small shrine.

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    1. And there’s going to be a new Last Supper here in St Albans. They are unveiling one with a black Jesus this weekend in the cathedral. I’ll be sharing photos if they’re allowed.

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    1. Thanks Brian. The da Vinci quote started it off – I struggled to understand all those words, but it did remind me of the wonderful murals I have found. Just a shame I haven’t yet seen the real Last Supper

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  5. oh this is all very very clever . . . . not sure I quite understand Leonardo, but I love your squares. And even you stretchy one is two squares which you bring the line back to the middle!!

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    1. PS aargh the WordPress gremlins are already in action. I didn’t get the pingback notification. This drives me crazy, and it is only day 2 – thank goodness I follow you so it popped up in my inbox.

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    2. I am finding 2 squares next to each other a great way to show things that just won’t fit / work in one square. And the compare block is such fun I had to use it! I also got a fix for my masonry gallery problem yesterday so WordPress are gradually dealing with the new editor bugs.

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      1. That’s good to hear, must drop them a note about my Portuguese blog. Having all sorts of problems with that at the moment, including the fact Gutenberg is not an option to use! I click on the block editor and just end up with classic editor. Bizarre.


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