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What is an albertian window?

“Alberti’s window was a conceptual method for renaissance artists to understand perspective ("fenestra aperta”, the “window to the outside”), which has since become internalised within visual (and consequently social) culture. Practically the Albertian Window is an open frame gridded (window) by perpendicular threads through which the artist should view the scene to be painted, and then transfer the coordinate details in scale onto his similarly gridded picture. In essence, even if inadvertent, it shifted the purpose of perspective painting not as a depiction of divine mystery revealed by geometry, but as worldly perfection framed by geometry.
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