George Peabody House Museum

A view is what can be seen in a range of vision. View may also be used as a synonym of point of view in the first sense. View may also be used figuratively or with special significance—for example, to imply a scenic outlook or significant vantage point:


Laws or regulations in various jurisdictions may protect a view as an easement, preventing property owners from constructing buildings that would block the view from another location. For example, planning regulations in London protect the view of various historical buildings, such as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster.

Presenting a view in art

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  • A bright view, heavily-framed or observed as through a tunnel, can appear jewel-like and allows appreciation of composition

  • The same view with narrower frame involves the viewer more in the lines of movement in the scene

  • A wide panorama view gives a sense of immersion in the scene

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