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Recession

Creating the convincing illusion of a three-dimensional space within a painting has been the aim of many artists. Spatial recession in paintings is the relationship between objects which appear to lie near to the observer and those which seem further away, and thus recede into space.

Various devices are employed by painters in order to achieve the effect of recession (see the entries for Aerial Perspective, Realism, Naturalism).
 
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