Category Archives: History of Projection

Paleo-cameras

Matt Gatton has proposed that the camera obscura is the origin of all art. His arguments are quite resonant, and explain phenomena seemingly as disparate as the Pyramids and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Best of all, he’s no crackpot! … Continue reading

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Pliny the Elder at projection systems

Pablo Garcia, a prof at Carnegie Mellon, beat me to the punch. Here an essay on Pliny the Elder’s telling the story of Butades of Corinth and the fabled origin of painting. I remembered the Schinkel painting from an art … Continue reading

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Plato’s allegory of the cave

What else but the grandaddy of all projections? In an animation here…

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