The Musée de l’Ile-de-France collection contains an axceptional "transparent" by Carmontelle, the drawing consists of 119 sheets of paper assembled to form a 42 meters long scroll.
The performances combining transparency and light started to develop in the XVIIIth century. The originality of carmontelle's work is that it was designed to be viewed in transparency with a backlit. The drawing was unrolled, image by image, in a box with two apertures in the front and in the back side of the box that was placed in front of a window or a candle. The author embellished his performance, given to a limited audience, with comments and music.
The four seasons
51 x 4200 cm
Watercolour, gouache, inks, black pencil, gum and linseed oil on paper