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The Psychology of Atmospheric Perspective

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J.M.W. Turner, the great English landscape painter, referred to his atmospheric effects as tinted steam. He perceived their atmospheric uncertainty as his paintings’ most engaging quality.  Ambiguous atmospheric effects suggested more volume, motion, and space than delineated subjects could hope … Continued

When the Horizon Encircles the Sky

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European conventions for both subject matter and composition were well in place by the 1500’s.  How to describe and  color, fabric, stone, armor,  water, trees, were conventionally defined but, were continually refined through the sensitive observations of artists like Mantegna, … Continued