Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 28: Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jacques Androuet du Cerceau)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 672 x 999 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17042
Turner Bequest CXCV 72

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Diagram 28 illustrates a method published by Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau, a French architect and engraver who wrote handbooks for artists on the Italian Renaissance style. Turner’s diagram is based on an illustration from Du Cerceau’s Leçons de Perspective Positive 1576.

Here the ‘distance point’ method of the previous diagram (shown to the left) is more explicit. Turner shows how to use a central point (E for Eye) and two distance points (V) to draw a cube with a face parallel to the picture plane.

Gallery label, August 2004

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