Aerial view

DEFINITION

Seeing from a point of view at a great height, also called a bird's-eye view. Any picture in which the horizon line, and consequently the vanishing point (-s), have been placed near or above the top of the work, this applies to renderings of any subject, but most often to landscapes, cityscapes, etc. (Be careful not to confuse aerial view with aerial perspective.)Examples: Hypostyle Hall of the Great Mosque of C?rdoba, Spain, begun 786, doubled in area in the 10th century to 585 x 410 feet, with 1,200 columns supporting horseshoe arches, patterned with colored marbles and other stones. Although it was converted into C?rdoba's Roman Catholic cathedral in 1238, the building is known locally as La Mezquita ?The Mosque. See an aerial view of the Great Mosque of C?rdoba, showing the Christian alterations. See aerial view and Islamic art.

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