Friday, April 30, 2010

Paper Theater

"In the 18th century dioramas became very popular as a means of entertainment. Around 1730, the Augsburg copperplate engraver and publisher Martin Engelbrecht created miniature theater[s]. [They] consist of 5-8 scenery-like sheets, which create a perspective image if arranged one behind the other. Along with religious themes, these scenes show courtly life, the seasons...These small-size dioramas are regarded as the precursors of the paper theaters that became popular in the 19th century." -- The Miniature Theaters of Martin Engelbrecht


  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful old paper theaters and tunnel books. I create paper theater and find these so inspiring.

  2. Thank you for this images. Totò