3 Tutorials that teach Perspective
Take your pick:


Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore some of the approaches to perspective that artists use in order to depict the illusion of depth in two-dimensional works of art.

See More
Introduction to Art History

Picture this:
Our Intro to Art History Course is only $329.

Sophia's online courses help save you money, while earning credits that are eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*



Image of Paris Street; Rainy Day, Gustave Caillebotte, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gustave_Caillebotte_-_Jour_de_pluie_%C3%A0_Paris.jpg; Image of Landscape in the Style of Yan Wengui, Dai Jin, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dai_Jin-Landscape_in_the_Style_of_Yan_Wengui.jpg; Image of Primavera, Sandro Botticelli, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Botticelli-primavera.jpg

  • Vanishing Point

    The point on the horizon where the straight lines of linear perspective converge. The two sides of a road appear to come together at the vanishing point.

  • Linear Perspective

    A form of perspective in which the lines of manmade objects (roads, buildings) are at right angles to the picture plane and converge toward a vanishing point.

  • Scale

    Size relative to another object. Scale can be used to depict distance in two dimensions - the more distant object is smaller in scale.

  • Overlapping

    A technique used to depict space in 2-D artworks in which the closer object covers up, or overlaps, the more distant object.

  • Atmospheric Perspective

    A form of perspective in which the more distant objects are depicted in a greyish or bluish haze.

  • Positioning

    A technique used to depict the illusion of distance in 2-D artworks. The more distant object is shown through positioning over or on a diagonal with the closer object. Even though both may appear the same size, the eye reads the object that is positioned higher as more distant.