For more than six centuries, European painters soguht to depict objects in a space where it seemed equivalent to that of 'our' world. In a discussion which ranges from Uccello to Vermeer and Canaletto, and from Titian to Monet and Van Gogh, Nicholas Penny descirbes how great artists made the fiction of pictorial spaces compelling. He examines some of the most popular devices employed by those artists and, in doing so, provides an introduction to some of the fundamental themes in European art. A Closer Look: Pictorial Space is one of eleven books found in the A Closer Look series.
Nicholas Penny was Director of the National Gallery from 2008 to 2015.