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1. The representation of figures or objects so that they face directly toward the viewer and tend towards bilateral symmetry (a ‘front view’ or ‘head-on’ view).

2. Broadly, the depiction of figures, objects, or scenes in any visual medium at a non-oblique angle to the viewer (facing towards them or at right-angles to them).

3. The depiction of figures, objects, or scenes oriented parallel to the picture plane in one-point or parallel perspective: see also linear perspective.

4. A pictorial convention (characteristic of ancient Egyptian art and sometimes called ‘frontal-profile’) in which the human figure was represented with the head in profile, the eye and shoulders in front view, and the lower body in profile.

Subjects: Media Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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