On the Viewing Platform: The Panorama Between Canvas and Screen

On the Viewing Platform: The Panorama Between Canvas and Screen

Yale University Press

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A wide-ranging study of the painted panorama’s influence on art, photography, and film

This ambitious volume presents a multifaceted account of the legacy of the circular painted panorama and its far-reaching influence on art, photography, film, and architecture. From its 18th-century origins, the panorama quickly became a global mass-cultural phenomenon, often linked to an imperial worldview. Yet it also transformed modes of viewing and exerted a lasting, visible impact on filmmaking techniques, museum displays, and contemporary installation art. On the Viewing Platform offers close readings of works ranging from proto-panoramic Renaissance cityscapes and 19th-century paintings and photographs to experimental films and a wide array of contemporary art. Extensively researched and spectacularly illustrated, this volume proposes an expansive new framework for understanding the histories of art, film, and spectatorship.

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Katie Trumpener is Emily Sanford Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, both at Yale University.

Pub Date: 2020
Format: Hardback with bw & color illus.
Pages: 324
Size: 8.50 x 11.00 inches


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