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the artists of the Renaissance were really interested in creating a convincing illusion of space and one of the ways they achieve that was by using a technique called atmospheric or aerial perspective we often think about linear perspective but for linear perspective very often you need to have architecture but for a landscape you use atmospheric perspective an atmospheric perspective has two components one is forms and the distance are represented with less clarity than forms in the foreground if we look at a distant mountain range we don't have the detail that we have when we look at something that's close to us and similarly if we look at a distant mountain range that mountain range is being seen through more atmosphere and so it loses the specificity of its color and it tends to look lighter and bluer the artists of the Renaissance are observing the world around them and basing their art on the way that we actually visually experience the world and it's an interesting distinction instead of painting what they know that distant mountain looks like as if they were up close to it they're painting the visual phenomenon and there you have it atmospheric perspective you [Music]
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