Devices of wonder : from the world in a box to images on a screen / Barbara Maria Stafford and Frances Terpak ; with an object list by Isotta Poggi.

Devices of wonder : from the world in a box to images on a screen / Barbara Maria Stafford and Frances Terpak ; with an object list by Isotta Poggi.

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Stafford, Barbara Maria, 1941-
Los Angeles, CA : Getty Research Institute, c2001.
x, 405 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Other Authors: 
Terpak, Frances, 1948-
Poggi, Isotta.
J. Paul Getty Museum.
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N72.T4S73 2001z
Catalog of an exhibition held at the J. Paul Getty Museum from Nov. 13, 2001 through Feb. 3, 2002.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Modern media machines are the latest addition to a long line of captivating instruments for the augmentation of perception. In Devices of Wonder, Barbara Stafford weaves an array of such sense-extending inventions into a provocative analysis of the social and cultural intersections between old and new technologies. Complementing her wide-ranging investigation are Frances Terpak's thirty-one short essays tracking the complex and often surprising links among individual items. An unusual catalog for an unusual exhibition, Devices of Wonder reframes the history of the beautiful "eye machines" humans have created out of our desire to see more, better, farther, and in a different way."--Front flap.
Also issued online.
Magnifying glass balls: p. 22, 221.
1. Revealing technologies, magical domains / Barbara Maria Stafford. The demon of analogy. Cabinet-instrument. Crystalline machines. Domestic reflections. Cog-in-a-box. Techniques of epiphany. Shadow cave. Phantomware. Bright oramas. Home appliances. Cosmos in a palm --
Objects and contexts / Frances Terpak. The eye, natural and artificial. Wunderkammern and Wunderkabinette. Display cabinet with assemblage. Selling natural history. Lodestones and magnets. Hoefnagel. Faceted lenses. Experiments in the home. Imaging the moon. Microscopes. Solar microscope. Zoosemiotics. Changing images. Anamorphosis. Anthropomorphic landscapes. Blow book. Mirrors. Automata (batteries not included). The pantograph and the writing automaton. The boxes of Joseph Cornell. The shadows of Kara Walker. Magic lantern. Théâtre de l'univers. Panoramas. Diorama. Carmontelle. Perspective theaters. Vues d'optique. Images in motion. Stereo. Light and virtual substance --
List of objects in the exhibition / Isotta Poggi.
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