Discovering Da Vinci Daily: Day 04 - The Eye


Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye.

Discovering Da Vinci Daily: Day 04 - The Eye

And this function simply consists in receiving in a pyramid the forms and colours of all the objects placed before it. I say in a pyramid, because there is no object so small that it will not be larger than the spot where these pyramids are received into the eye. Therefore, if you extend the lines from the edges of each body as they converge you will bring them to a single point, and necessarily the said lines must form a pyramid.

Perspective is nothing more than a rational demonstration applied to the consideration of how objects in front of the eye transmit their image to it, by means of a pyramid of lines. The Pyramid is the name I apply to the lines which, starting from the surface and edges of each object, converge from a distance and meet in a single point.

All objects transmit their image to the eye in pyramids, and the nearer to the eye these pyramids are intersected the smaller will the image appear of the objects which cause them.

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Interactivity: Do you know the anatomy within your own eyes? Draw a detailed diagram of the eye and label it. 



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