Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
I once read an article where they went back and photographed landscapes that were painted by classical painters and they found that the perspectives, the size relationships of near and distant objects, was best replicated using a 135mm lens. Of course field of vision would have been different.
That makes sense. If you note how painters measure for scale (stick your paintbrush and thumb in front of the scene), note how it encourages a narrow view. Perspectivists had similar constraints.