Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 31: Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jan Vredeman de Vries)

c.1810

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 671 x 998 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17045
Turner Bequest CXCV 75

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Hans Vredeman de Vries was a Dutch painter and architectural designer who published books with inventive illustrations of buildings in perspective. His treatise entitled Perspective 1604-5 had an important impact on northern European artists interested in perspectival painting.

Here Turner demonstrates how Vredeman de Vries used lines on a grid leading to a principal point (E for Eye) and a diagonal to a distance point (D) to produce a foreshortened cube.

Gallery label, September 2004

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