We apply image and optical analyses to key works to test the recent claim that some Renaissance artists as early as 1420 used projections while executing their paintings. Our rigorous results, together with a careful consideration of the historical documentary record and putative “re-enactments,” show that the optical projection claim is implausible for adduced paintings of the 15th century.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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