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Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae

abans_sXIX_C_3 Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae ("The Great Art of Light and Shadow") is 1646 a work by the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher. It was dedicated to Ferdinand IV, King of the Romans and published in Rome by Lodovico Grignani. A second edition was published in Amsterdam in 1671 by Johann Jansson. Ars Magna was the first description published in Europe of the illumination and projection of images. The book contains the first printed illustration of Saturn and the 1671 edition also contained a description of the magic lantern. (...) Wikipedia

Magic lantern

abans_sXIX_C_4 The magic lantern, also known by its Latin name lanterna magica, is an early type of image projector that used pictures—paintings, prints, or photographs—on transparent plates (usually made of glass), one or more lenses, and a light source. It was mostly developed in the 17th century and commonly used for entertainment purposes. (...) Wikipedia