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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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.