Saint Petersburg – Vüe d’Optique Representant La Grande Place de Petersbourg
Very rare optica print
Date of this view: ca. 1760, Paris
Dimensions (not including margins): 26,5 x 39,5 cm
Condition: mint. Sharp copper engraving. Original colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A
Optica view of Saint Petersburg
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular specialty establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century the optical print or vue optique came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession. The viewing devices for which these perspective prints were produced consisted of a lens and a mirror, this requiring the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
So-called optical print illustrating a perspective view of the portico of a Palace in Saint Petersburg.
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