ALL ITEMS: 'Probst--Georg-Balthasar


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3648Antique vue d'optiqueDetailsProbst, Georg Balthasar1780
Fine vue d'optique of Constantinople now Istanbul
Probst, Georg Balthasar
1780
LOC:88
$375.00Probst--Georg-BalthasarFine-vue-d-optique-of-Constantinople-now-IstanbulFine antique 'vue d'optique' of a street in Constantinople, 'from the Mosque of Mechemet and Selim'. In the foreground is a heavily-guarded caravan of camels. Constantinople, conquered in 1453 by the Ottomans, is today modern Istanbul, Turkey. By Georg B. Probst. Folio No. 54. <br></br> This type of print was designed to be looked at through a zograscope, a device designed to give an illusion of depth using mirrors and lenses. The image and title at the top have been transposed left to right. The prints were placed into a view box and the viewers for a small price, could look through a lens to see the print. <br></br> Georg Balthasar Probst was the most important member of an Augsburg family of artists and publishers. Probst produced about 400 vue's d'optique on varied subject matter.
3649Antique vue d'optique of the Egyptian pyramids.DetailsProbst, Georg Balthasar1780
Unusual vue d'optique of the Egyptian Pyramids
Probst, Georg Balthasar
1780
LOC:88
$400.00Probst--Georg-BalthasarUnusual-vue-d-optique-of-the-Egyptian-PyramidsThe "third wonder of the world". That’s how Probst describes the Egyptian Pyramids in this vue d'optique, made about 1780. This colorful antique view reflects the limited knowledge of a late 18th century European and errs most egregiously in the height to width ratio of the pyramids, of which Probst obviously had no first hand experience. Really quite a theatrical setting. By Georg B. Probst. Folio no. 43. <br></br> A vue d'optique is a print was designed to be looked at through a zograscope, a device designed to give an illusion of depth using mirrors and lenses. The image and title at the top of the vue have been transposed left to right. The prints were placed into a view box and for a small price viewers could look through a lens to see the print. Zograscopes were used as entertainment in Georgian times and collections of these prints could be hired for the evening from printsellers. <br></br> Georg Balthasar Probst was the most important member of an Augsburg family of artists and publishers. Probst produced about 400 vue's d'optique on varied subject matter.