The Panorama and 19th-Century Visual Culture

1340 [CRN: 14946]

Invented in the late 18th-century, the Panorama was a wildly popular ‘vision machine’ that became the model for many later attractions from theme park rides to pavilions at world’s fairs and immersive educational spectacles like IMAX movies. In this course, we will use 21st-century vision technology to study the power of optical media in the shaping of 19th-century "virtual reality," focusing in particular on the Garibaldi panorama, a 270-foot-long painted scroll made in England in 1860, belonging to the Brown library (
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