*Rococo Revisited

From “Carmontelle’s Landscape Transparencies.” Private Collection. Black strips served as edges for the transparent drawing rolls
Carmontelle’s experiments with light and moving images: rouleaux transparents, or “rolled-up transparent drawings,” a precursor to modern cinema. The luminous scenes of verdant parks and splendidly attired people — between 12 and 19 inches deep and up to 138 feet long — were backlighted with natural daylight, wound between spindles and viewed in a boxlike precursor to the television, often accompanied by music or narrated by Carmontelle himself. It’s the first time that you see complete action without interruption, with a light from behind and made for the pleasure of the public. 

From “Carmontelle’s Landscape Transparencies.” Private Collection. Black strips served as edges for the transparent drawing rolls

Carmontelle’s experiments with light and moving images: rouleaux transparents, or “rolled-up transparent drawings,” a precursor to modern cinema. The luminous scenes of verdant parks and splendidly attired people — between 12 and 19 inches deep and up to 138 feet long — were backlighted with natural daylight, wound between spindles and viewed in a boxlike precursor to the television, often accompanied by music or narrated by Carmontelle himself. It’s the first time that you see complete action without interruption, with a light from behind and made for the pleasure of the public. 

(Source: The New York Times)

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