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"The windows of his drawing-room opened on the most marvelous dioramas, that produced enchanting illusions. One day it was Naples, with its blue sea, amphitheater of white houses, its smoking volcano, and its flowery islands; the next, it was Venice, the marble domes of San-Georgio, the Dogana, or ducal palace; or a Swiss landscape, if Fortunio happened to be in a pastoral humor."--Fortunio (1838) by Théophile Gautier

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The word diorama can either refer to a nineteenth century mobile theatre device, or, in modern usage, a three-dimensional full-size or miniature model, sometimes enclosed in a glass showcase for a museum. Dioramas are often built by hobbyists as part of related hobbies such as military vehicle modeling, miniature figure modeling, or aircraft modeling.

See also


  • Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, L.J.M. Daguerre, The History of The Diorama and the Daguerreotype, Dover Publications, 1968.

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