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Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 23:28:19 -0800 (PST)
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 10:44:51 -0800 (PST)
From: 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 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."