PRC maintains the standard World Bibliographic Database On Perspective; initially developed by Professor Luigi Vagnetti and later progressed by Professor Kim Veltman—who together spent over 90 years compiling a list of 15,000 perspective titles from throughout time.

In January 2021, PRC published the Encyclopedia of Perspective (2,500 pages), being the definitive work on its subject matter that is a wonder to behold. The encyclopaedia contains the World Bibliographic Database On Perspective, which is printed as a list in volumes 6, 7 and 8.

History and Formats

Creating the database was a monumental undertaking that took several decades to complete. This work was supported by a number of organisations; including the Vatican, the Warburg and Welcome Institutes, the Getty Center for the History of Art, and the Universities of London, Gottingen, York and Toronto.

Note that the database began as a card index system in the 1980s; before being transferred to a dBASE-3 database system on an IBM PC (1990s). Later the bibliography was made available on the web on the SUMS system (2002-2020).

Unfortunately all of these systems are no longer available or in operation; and today the database exists in the form of three separate pdf files; whereby individual files can be searched for keywords in the normal way using a standard pdf reader.

World Bibliographic Database on Perspective

You can download the ‘World Bibliographic Database On Perspective‘ below.

Volume 6: The Bibliography of Perspective (chronological list: Antiquity-1899)

Volume 7:  The Bibliography of Perspective (chronological list: 1900-2020)

Volume 8: The Bibliography of Perspective (alphabetical list: Antiquity-2020)

Please do also send your comments and suggestions in relation to the bibliography; because we are always happy to receive feedback!

Literature on Perspective – A Select Bibliography

Professor Kim Veltman did create a far shorter bibliography on perspective, which can be seen below.

PDF file: Literature on Perspective: A Select Bibliography (1986)

To be Continued…

Kim always ended our conversations with the adage; to be continued dear Alan.

In this vein, it was Kim Veltman’s sincere wish that students and researchers of all levels, no matter which disciplines they are from, would find this one-of-a-kind bibliography, plus his other works on perspective, eminently useful.

Rest assured that if and when you do make good use of the bibliography, that Kim is looking down from heaven, and smiling.