The development of linear perspective in the 15th century represented a radical transformation in the European's sense of the world, the body and the self. Robert Romanyshyn's latest book examines the claim that the development of linear perspective vision was and is indispensable to the emergence of our technological world. It does so by telling the story of how an artistic technique has become a cultural habit of mind.

chapter |16 pages

Prologue Address to the reader

chapter 1|16 pages

Lift-off: we are all astronauts

chapter 2|32 pages

The window and the camera

chapter 3|38 pages

Self as spectator

chapter 4|30 pages

Body as specimen

chapter 5|42 pages

The abandoned body and its shadows

chapter 6|22 pages

World as spectacle

chapter 7|30 pages

Re-entry: paths of return