What is Hieratic Scale?

Hieratic scale is a technical term given to describe how we assign importance to images by increasing their size in relation to others on the picture plane. This is especially prevalent when we look at religious artwork, but even children execute drawings using this type of scale to signify the most important members of their household.

Shri Devi
Shri Devi
Giotto, Virgin and Child Detail
Giotto, Virgin and Child Detail

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