Art Term

Vanishing point

The point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Tracing of a Perspective Construction of a House’ c.1810
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tracing of a Perspective Construction of a House c.1810

The vanishing point is used as part of the system of perspective, which enables the creation the illusion of the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional picture surface.

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