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Drawing in reverse perspective, ancient and modern

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Before methods for drawing accurately in perspective were developed in the 15th century, many artists drew with divergent perspective. But we found that about half of a group of 80 students drew with divergent perspective. However, they selected a cube from a set of tapered boxes with great accuracy and were reasonably accurate in selecting the correct drawing of a cube from a set of tapered drawings. An analysis of errors in drawings of a cube and of isolated edges and surfaces of a cube revealed several factors that predispose people to draw in divergent perspective.

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