Artist using a sight vane

Artist using a sight vane

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Caption: Artist using a sight vane to draw a seated man on a pane of glass. This woodcut was made by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). His skillful use of perspective and mathematical proportions made him one of the outstanding artistic figures of the early 16th century. The sight vane technique was developed by Durer. It gives the artist an anchor for his point of view. A glass pane in front of the vane acts as both a mirror and canvas. Durer recommended this technique for those who had difficulty in maintaining perspective and accurate proportions. Taken from The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer by Dr Willi Kurth (1936).

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