World Visions

Collection of optical views from 18th century

8 October, 2008 - 8 January, 2009

This exhibition brings together over a hundred optical views. These are a type of prints published during the second half of 18th century, which served as entertainment to both the popular classes and the high estates of society. These engravings usually represented cities, monuments and landscapes from around the world or reproduced important historical events, with a double purpose: entertain and illustrate the observers. The views were seen through a device called zoograscope, exposed in the room, which, thanks to an ingenious set of lenses and mirrors, was able to boost the effects of depth and volume, obtaining surprising results. Optical sights are considered as one of the pre-cinema background. Views from all over the world, from East to West.

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