Lorenzo Ghiberti and contested views of perspectiva in Renaissance concepts of space

Temple, Nicholas (2021) Lorenzo Ghiberti and contested views of perspectiva in Renaissance concepts of space. In: Arabic and Latin science of vision, and the theory of perspective in early modern Renaissance Florence. Micrologus (XXIX). SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, Florence, pp. 239-263. ISBN 978-88-9290-053-0

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This paper explores Lorenzo Ghiberti’s approach to perspective in early fifteenth century Florence, demonstrating the manner in which his treatment of light, vision, colour and gesture where closely inter-twined in the representation and perception of space. The investigation argues that Ghiberti’s artistic practice directly influenced his theoretical understanding of perspective (revealed in his unfinished 3rd Commentary), which constitutes a rather different approach compared to Alberti’s codification of costruzione legittima. The paper highlights interesting parallels between Ghiberti’s luminous treatment and Nicholas Cusanus’ model of communing geometric space in perspective (De vision Dei), demonstrated in the spatial and iconographic features of the Gates of Paradise which are examined in the context of the rituals of baptism and the processions/ceremonies associated with Florence Baptistery.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lorenzo Ghiberti; Medieval optics; Arabic science; perspective; Renaissance humanism; 15th century Florence
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 110 Metaphysics
100 Philosophy & psychology > 180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
200 Religion
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity & Christian church
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 730 Plastic arts; sculpture
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 750 Painting & paintings
900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Nicholas Temple
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 09:42
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 12:55
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5890


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