Aerial perspective

a technique of rendering depth or distance in painting by modifying the tone or hue and distinctness of objects perceived as receding from the picture plane, especially by reducing distinctive local colors and contrasts of light and dark to a uniform light bluish-gray color.
Historical Examples

How it would have delighted the heart of Claude Lorrain, the painter of idyllic scenes and the master of aerial perspective!
Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena H. J. Mozans

To gain the full glory of the long aisles in their aerial perspective, the Abbey should be seen from the far end of the Nave.
Highways and Byways in London Mrs. E. T. Cook.

Woodcutting, in Durer’s days, had reached no delicacy capable of expressing subtle detail or aerial perspective.
Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V) John Ruskin

Jan van Eyck also introduced improvements in linear and aerial perspective, and in painting upon glass.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

It was a mere falsification of the law of aerial perspective, but it startled, almost terrified me.
The Damned Thing Ambrose Bierce

These results have a direct bearing upon what artists call ‘aerial perspective.’
Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall

He looked at it for a minute contemptuously, then turned away: “Ah, I see that man did not know much about aerial perspective!”
The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3) John Ruskin

aerial perspective has not been sufficiently attended to by the painters of pictorial backgrounds.
The Evolution of Photography John Werge

All that time had passed in the contemplation of church preferment, with the aerial perspective lighted by a visionary mitre.
Calamities and Quarrels of Authors Isaac Disraeli

They had332 not the least glimmering of what we call chiaroscuro or of aerial perspective.
A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2) Georges Perrot

a means of indicating relative distance in terms of a gradation of clarity, tone, and colour, esp blue Also called atmospheric perspective

See atmospheric perspective


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