The Perspectival Eye

Heralded as “the most important event of the Renaissance”, the invention of linear perspective in the Italian quattrocento occupies a pivotal role in the intertwined processes of rationalization of vision and mathematization of space that constitutes one of the defining features of historical modernity. This process has unlocked formidable new sources of human knowledge and power over the world. Yet it also has simultaneously propelled a movement disembedding the activities of perception and spatial reasoning from their exclusive biological substrate to relocate them in various technical apparatuses. Thus the new capacities for human agency brought forth by linear perspective are coeval with the advent of an artificial eye that supplants the primacy of its model. site

The perspectival image as planar section of the visual pyramid - Brook Taylor, New Principles of Linear Perspective (Fourth Edition) (London: J. Taylor, 1811)