Leon Battista Alberti
Paolo Uccello’s The Deluge, painted around 1445-1447. This painting tells the Old Testament tale of Noah and how he had survived the flood. This art work is painted in Florentine style, the transition between gothic and Florentine. Uccello portrayed naturalism through the clouds, thunder and lightning bolt in the background. He used a kind of plaster, Fresco which dries really quickly, which was why he had to paint one bit at a time. The orthogonal lines of both arks create the one point perspective characteristic of Uccello. Two further orthogonals are created by the ladder floating in the water. These two scenes consist of the two different views of the ark, one from the side and one from the end and each scene has their own vanishing point, and to help emphasize the effect, foreshortening is used on the figures as they get further into the distance. Uccello’s interest in perspective is also seen by the hat, ‘mazzochio’ which was drawn in perspective. This is seen on the neck of the second figure on the left and on the head of the woman in the centre. Just like Alberti had suggested, Uccello had painted people of all ages, from baby to an adult, to create a variety.
Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper