Inside-out Stories: On Geometrical Perspective and Narrative Representation

Efrat Biberman


What is the relation between geometrical perspective and narrativity? While theorists answer this question in various and even contrary manners, turning to interpretations given to canonical perspectival paintings reveals that perspective representation acts as an apparatus which functions in an inverted way, with the narrative meaning emerging out of lapses in the perspective representation, and not from representation in itself. These cases enable to think about narrativity that is specific to the visual field, and, at the same time, to explain the diverse answers given to the question regarding the connection between geometrical perspective and narrative representation.


Alberti; geometrical perspective; narrativity; Bryson; Alpers; Panofsky; Elkins; Jay; Lacan

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Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative - ISSN 1780-678X