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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 23:28:19 -0800 (PST)
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From: jtringali@sapient.com George 'Jake' Tringali Subject: Dead Media: Transparency at Getty Museum
Dead medium: Carmontelle's Transparency
Source(s): This information is from the J. Paul Getty Museum monthly flyer. Check out http://www.getty.edu/museum/ for more details. This exhibition will be on display from March 14 through May 28, 2000.

"Carmontelle's Transparency

In 1996, the Museum aquired a monumental transparency created by Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle. This work, Figures Walking in a Parkland, will be displayed at the Museum for the first time in a new exhibition, Carmontelle's Transparency: An 18th-Century Motion Picture.

Among the forerunners of the modern motion picture, the transparency was a pictorial narrative that suggested animation when rolled through the aperture of a hand-cranked optical viewing box. Illuminated with jewel-like watercolors, the Getty's 12-foot transparency shows people strolling at leisure through a park rich in monuments, temples, and amusements. A viewing box like those used by Carmontelle also will be shown, as well as other drawings of the period."