Invented in 1788, the panorama reached the height of its popularity at the time of the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Vast circular canvases installed in purpose-built rotundas were designed to be viewed from centrally placed platforms and attracted an admiring public. The aim was to produce a perfect illusion. Thus the relationship between viewer and "reality" underwent a profound mutation, opening up a new logic according to which the world was transformed into a spectacle and images substituted for direct experience. This ...

Panorama 2004, Reaktion Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781861891235

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The Panorama 1999, Reaktion Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781861890429