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November 3, 1997–February 6, 1998
East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery of Art.


Original exhibition poster
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Overview: One of the strongest areas of the rare book collection at the National Gallery of Art Library is practical manuals and theoretical treatises on particular artistic techniques. Perspective is one of the most important subsets of this genre, and this exhibition brought together a variety of literature to trace the history of the study of perspective in Western art from the Renaissance through the end of the 18th century.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, was curator.