A Painting of Spaceland for the People of Flatland
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, was written in 1884 by an English schoolmaster called Edwin Abbott. He wrote under the pseudonym "A Square". It is a book about a fictional two-dimensional world called Flatland which examines a world of dimensions. 

In short this book is about a world that is occupied by geometric figures, people are simple lines and polygons and the narrator of the book is a square. The Square dreams about a visit to a one-dimensional world called Lineland. Later in the book the Square is then visited by a three dimensional sphere who takes him to a place called Spaceland. The Square then has a dream in which the Sphere visits him again, this time to introduce him to Pointland. 


Towards the end of the book, the Square finds it difficult to convince anyone in Flatland of Spaceland's existence, especially after official laws are announced that anyone preaching the lies of three dimensions will be imprisoned or executed. Eventually the Square himself is imprisoned for just this reason, where he spends the rest of his life attempting to explain the third dimension to his brother.


Early pioneers in the use of perspective in paintings used tricks like domed ceilings, floor tiles and windows, as used in the painting titled A Painting of Spaceland for the People of Flatland. The image is of a stretched out canvas flattened into two dimensions, a nod perhaps to the unknown concept in Flatland of a three dimensional piece of canvas stretched over a frame. The image on the "canvas" is a suggestive painting, displaying perspective and three dimensional space for the people of Flatland. 
Created by William J Roberts