Foreshortening refers to the technique of depicting an object or human body in a picture so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space

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  • John William Waterhouse, 'Saint Eulalia' exhibited 1885
    John William Waterhouse
    Saint Eulalia exhibited 1885
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1886 x 1175 mm
    frame: 2310 x 1610 x 180 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
  • Richard Parkes Bonington, 'Venice: Ducal Palace with a Religious Procession' exhibited 1828
    Richard Parkes Bonington
    Venice: Ducal Palace with a Religious Procession exhibited 1828
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1143 x 1626 mm
    Presented by Frederick John Nettlefold 1947
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Study of a Supine Male Nude Seen Foreshortened' circa 1799-1805
    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Study of a Supine Male Nude Seen Foreshortened circa 1799-1805
    Chalk on paper
    support: 433 x 272 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

The artist records, in varying degrees, the distortion that is seen by the eye when an object or figure is viewed at a distance or at an unusual angle – for example a body viewed from either the feet or the top of the head.