Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will present the basic aspects of composition.

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This tutorial presents an overview of the basic aspects of composition.

Source: Image of Feast of the Gods, Giovanni Bellini and Titian, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Feastofthegods.jpg; Image of Allegory of the Art of Painting, Jan Vermeer, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_Vermeer_van_Delft_011.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Background

    The most distant part of the composition from the picture plane, it is usually shown higher, smaller, and more hazy than the foreground.

  • Foreground

    The part of the painting closest to the picture plane, usually corresponding to the bottom of the composition.

  • Middle Ground

    The part of the composition between the foreground and the background.

  • Picture Plane

    The invisible plane that corresponds to the surface of the painting, the picture plane is like a window opening out onto another world.