"It is astounding-that this book had not already been written. Synthesizing previously published studies on ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modem perspective systems, Dunning provides a compendium of the best that has been thought and written about pictorial illusion over the past 50 years. . . . Richly persuasive and illuminating in its extended analysis of individual works as well as the overall thesis, this book belongs in every library concerned with the history of art."—Choice
No artist, critic, or art historian disputes the importance of recording how and why our conceptions and methods of depicting pictorial space have changed from ancient to modern times, and yet no previous book has provided a comprehensive history centered around these changing images of pictorial space and the ways in which their evolution reflects ideological changes in society.
Dunning traces the two thousand year evolution of the conception and the depiction of space in European (primarily Italian and French) and American painting. Unraveling one illusory image after another into their particular elements, he explains the development of new styles and images in painting as a continuous rearrangement of these basic elements.
Following this progression through the Greco-Roman period, the Italian Renaissance, impressionism, and the end of modern art, the author concludes with today’s postmodern concentration on linguistic aspects in painting, a change from the former emphasis on space and illusion.
Changing Images of Pictorial Space, with over forty illustrations, will be of interest to a wide audience—from art historians, painters, and art educators to general readers who wish to understand more about one of the central organizing principles in all schools and periods of art.
William V. Dunning is professor of fine arts at Central Washington University. He is the author of Roots of Postmodernism and Advice to Young Artists in a Postmodern Era and numerous articles on art and aesthetics. Dunning has had one-person shows of his paintings and sculpture and has had numerous exhibits in west coast galleries.
6 x 9, 0 pages, 41 black and white illustrations