Prospectus Atrii Catadromi.Vista D'Una Sala Del Torneo.
Hand coloured etching, image 290 x 410mm. 11½ x 16¼". Trimmed at lower platemark. Tatty extremities with tears, one just into image upper right. Scarce.
Spectators watch an exhibition of horsemanship or jousting tournament from the galleries of an decorated interior. A vue d’optique intended to be viewed through a convex lens. The devices, known variously as zograscopes, optiques, optical machines and peepshows, were an optical entertainment of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Vues d’optiques were rendered in high-key color and dramatic linear perspective, which enhanced the illusion of three-dimensionality when viewed through the lens. Possibly after Johann Elias Ridinger (1698 - 1767). Numbered 'P I.' lower left.
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