A New Perspective on Science and Art
What comes to mind when you think of 3-D glasses, holograms, and virtual images? Ordinary objects coming alive?
Looking at things in new, exciting ways? Just as these modern-day 3-D innovations have caused a sensation in our time,
the use of perspective in art caused a visual/sensual response in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. Before that time, art was flat;
perspective art made artwork so life-like that viewers wanted to reach out and touch it.
Now you can reach out and touch 15th, 16th, and 17th century perspective art samples with the click of a mouse in our virtual
art gallery web pages. The chosen pieces reflect the development of perspective techniques and the scientific/
technological advances which made them possible.
Here you can take a tour of our collections. Each painting includes a caption that tells you
about the history and significance of the painting. The tour is customizable. Simply
choose which pictures you wish to see and hit the "Go!" button. During the tour, click on the
pictures to bring up larger pictures or surprises! At the end of the tour there
is a short quiz to determine what you've learned.
This page contains short biographies of the artists featured in the Virtual Gallery. Some of the featured artists include:
Leonardo da Vinci
Samuel van Hoogstraaten
Hans Holbein the Younger
Here is a list of scientific principles used by the 15th, 16th, and 17th century artists. Click on the heading to
see a master list of principles, or select a topic from below:
Amanda Grace and
Eric Hoffmann would like to thank
Dr. Debra Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History for the MALS program at the University of Delaware, and
Elizabeth Schultheis, Director of Technology at Sanford School, for their help and
guidance in this project.