The painted panorama, a visual technology that emerged during a period of world political crisis in the 1790s, is an immersive technology in which paying members of the public viewed the work from a central platform.
The Panorama as Global Landscape
Tim Barringer (Yale University)
Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin
The aspiration to create a limitless vision of landscape led to fundamental departures from the conventions of painting. This laterally extended format became fashionable – contemporaries detected panoramania – and had an immediate impact compositional strategies in easel paintings of landscape subjects. This lecture argues that the panorama is a founding visual technology of modernity, and that the contest of empires between 1789 and 1815 was the catalyst for its global spread. The lecture explores the political and aesthetic implications of the representation of imperial peripheries in the metropolis, and of the spread of panoramic paintings across the world.