Hierarchical proportion is a technique used in art, mostly in sculpture and painting, in which the artist uses unnatural proportion or scale to depict the relative importance of the figures in the artwork.
For example, in Egyptian times, people of higher status would sometimes be drawn or sculpted larger than those of lower status.
During the Dark Ages, people with more status had larger proportions than serfs. During the Renaissance images of the human body began to change proportion was used to depict the reality an artist interpreted.
- Artforms by Preble, Preble, Frank; Prentice Hall 2004
- "British Museum - Nebamun hunting in the marshes, fragment of a scene from the tomb-chapel of Nebamun". London: British Museum. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "The adventures of Hamza". Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Brooklyn Museum: Arts of the Islamic World: Battle of Karbala". Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- 'Gifts for the Gods: Images from Egyptian Temples, a fully digitized exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries, which contains material on hierarchical proportion
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