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Description - Panorama by Bernard Comment

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861891235
ISBN-10: 1861891237
Format: Paperback
(275mm x 220mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard Comment

Bernard Comment, born in Switzerland, lives and works in Paris. He is the author of L'ombre de memoire (1990), Roland Barthes, vers le neutre (1991) and Allees et venues (1992), which won the Prix Antigone in 1993."

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