Visualising interior space

Rogier Van der Weyden

While northern and Italian renaissance paintings have many differences, their treatment of interior views is often quite similar - the space is used to frame a view of a landscape, the landscape recedes in a linear continuation of the space of the interior and indeed seems to share the same milky "weatherless" lighting effect. It seems that the landscape is an extension of the interior space and that the spaces are barely interior at all. Patterns emphasise the recession of the space and shadows help compose the figures.

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