The history of photography and perspective start here

Perhaps not with this photograph, but  this building marks the rebirth of pictorial perspective in the west through the visual experiments of Brunelleschi.  The only remaining evidence of Brunelleschi’s experiments is the building. Most of the visual evidence of Fillipo’s brilliance we get through drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and others of his machines and devices used for construction of the Duomo, behind which this picture was taken.  The significance of being able to represent three dimensional objects on a two dimensional surface resonates to this day.  The golden east doors seen here at the center of the facade were dubbed by Michelangelo as the “Gates of Paradise”.

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