[ Day/Night Vue d'Optique (Perspective View) ] Templum S. Ioannis in Laterano Romae : La Chiesa di S. Giovanni in Laterano di Roma [ Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome ]. no author.
[ Day/Night Vue d'Optique (Perspective View) ] Templum S. Ioannis in Laterano Romae : La Chiesa di S. Giovanni in Laterano di Roma [ Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome ]
[ Day/Night Vue d'Optique (Perspective View) ] Templum S. Ioannis in Laterano Romae : La Chiesa di S. Giovanni in Laterano di Roma [ Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome ]
[ Day/Night Vue d'Optique (Perspective View) ] Templum S. Ioannis in Laterano Romae : La Chiesa di S. Giovanni in Laterano di Roma [ Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome ]
With Day and Night views of the same scene!

[ Day/Night Vue d'Optique (Perspective View) ] Templum S. Ioannis in Laterano Romae : La Chiesa di S. Giovanni in Laterano di Roma [ Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome ]

[ no place ]: [ no publisher ] 18th century. Approximately 16 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches. Thick pasteboard with vue d'optique laid down, then portions of the view and backing board cut out, and hand colored/tinted paper affixed to rear. Some later repairs, overall wear and staining. Loss of added color in many areas (not as strong as it probably was originally, particularly in the blue sky) but not surprising given the extra wear many of these sustained in viewing. Good. [26077]


The vue d'optique, many of which were produced in both real and fictionarl scenes in the late 18th century, were the equivalent of parlor room entertainment in a gentleman's house. They could be viewed for their artwork, or looked at through a glass viewer which (if the artwork were good enough) would cause some of the print to become three dimensional.

These day/night views were an improvement over the simple vue d'optique. Artists took existing vue d'optiques and modified them so that with illumination from the front, they look very similar to a normal print. However, when illuminated from the back in candle-light, they became night-time scenes with (when well done) a hauntingly realistic feel. By the nature of the additional work required to accomplish them, these day/night views are far more difficult to find than normal vue d'optiques.

This view, "Temple of St. John Lateran in Rome" has the caption printed at the bottom in both Latin and Italian.

Price: $250.00