The Peep show

The Italian Renaissance master Leon Battista Alberti painted miniature scenes inside a box, creating Peep shows, in 1437. By peeking through a hole in the front of the box, you would view a painted glass panel at the rear of the box. Alberti painted these peep show scenes in perspective on the glass and then lit them from behind in various ways to suggest either sunlight or moonlight.

      Leon Battista Alberti

Additional Information:

  • Leon Battista Alberti – Wikipedia
    Leon Battista Alberti was born in 1404 in Genoa. His mother is unknown, and his father was a wealthy Florentine who had been exiled from his own city, allowed to return in 1428.
  • Peep show – Wikipedia
    A peep show or peepshow is an exhibition of pictures, objects or people viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass.
  • Peep-show box – Oxford Reference
    An enclosed cabinet with scenes painted on the interior surfaces in such a way that when viewed through a small opening or eyepiece they give a strong illusion of three-dimensional reality.
  • Geometry in Art & Architecture Unit 11 – Dartmouth College
    The entire theory of perspective can be developed from a single fact: that the apparent size of an object decreases with increasing distance from the eye.
  • Peep Shows – Dictionary definition of Peep Shows | …
    Peep shows, or images, scenes, or scenarios viewed through a hole, partition, magnifying glass, or other division of space, have their origin in children’s toys, three-dimensional art, and other methods of manipulating space and perspective, such as those used in Japanese rock gardens (Balzer 1998).

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