A chronological time-line of the key events in the development of perspective drawing.

Chariot rounding the turning post, black amphora c.550-540BC (source: Wikimedia Commons) - note the foreshortened chariot wheels.

c.500BC - Foreshortening on Greek vases.

c.300BC - Euclid - 'Optics'

80-30BC - Second style Roman wall painting.

c.55BC - Lucretius - 'De Rerum Natura', describes colonnade vanishing to a point.

c.46-30BC - Vitruvius - Ten Books on Architecture

c.965-1038 - Alhazen - Optics (Kitab al-Manazir), c.1011-21

c.1235 - De Honnecourt

c.1280 - Cavallini - vertical axis perspective.

c.1300 - Giotto - Assisi

1306 - Giotto - Padua

1311 - Duccio - 'Temptation of Jesus in the Temple', convincing depth to floor (illus. in White).

c.1344 - Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 'Annunciation', first example of floor drawn to central vanishing point (illus. in Eyewitness).

1400 - Cennini - 'Book of Painting'

c.1413-25 - Brunelleschi's perspective experiments.

1427 - Masaccio - 'Trinity' (Santa Maria Novella), first extant painting based on Brunelleschi's exp.

1435 - Jan van Eyck - 'Arnolfini Marriage'

1436 - Alberti - 'On Painting', describes Construzione Legittima.

1461-? - Filarete - 'Tratto', suggests use of mirror for examining convergence.

c.1480 - Piero Della Francesco - treatise

1495-97 - Leonardo da Vinci - 'Last Supper'

1505 - Viator - distant point construction

c.1500-18 - Leonardo's 'notebooks', describes Leonardo's paradox and synthetic perspective (viz. White).

1525 - Durer's treatise combines Alberti's and Viator's method (+ 4 engravings).

1600 - M. Guidobaldo - 'Punctum Concursus' (antecedent of vanishing point)

c.1600 - the term 'camera obscura' invented by Kepler (1571-1630)

1611 - First English trans. of Serlio's 'Tutte l'Opera d'Architectura et Prospettiva', by Robert Peake

1636-39 - Desargues' theorum - geometric proofs for vanishing points.

1638 - Niceron - anamorphosis (Perez Gomez, p178)

1643 - AlĂ©aume and Migon - introduced measuring point system.

1655-60 - Samuel van Hoogstraten - perspective cabinet

1693 - Pozzo - architectural illusion

1711 - Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena - "Arch. Civile', 'Veduta per Angolo'.

1715 - Brook Taylor - 'Linear Persp.', coins English term 'vanishing point' (first original English persp. treatise?)

1726 - First English trans. of Alberti's 'Della Pittura' by Giacomo Leoni

fl.1732-86 (c.1760s) - Le Geay - popularised aerial perspectives (viz. Ledoux) (Perez Gomez, p154)

1806-07 - Camera lucida invented by W. H. Wollaston

c.1826 - Joseph Niepce - the first photograph

1838 - Charles Wheatstone - scientifically describes binocular vision and creates stereographic drawings.

Nineteenth century camera lucida (image copyright © Russell Light)