The optical views are reproductions of landscapes of major European cities. They were usually viewed in special machines that, through a mix of light and mirrors, gave the images a fascinating sense of depth.
Their success was such that they became not only a means of learning about other countries, but real collectibles.
They faithfully reproduced landscapes, in every detail. They were never original images, but copies of the works of famous painters, who were chosen by the editors using criteria of the greatest integrity.
The optical views of Rome, published by the Remondini family between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, are mostly drawn from engravings of Piranesi, an famous author, ensuring guaranteed success.
Another city well represented in the optical views of Remondini is Venice. The authors of reference for this city are Francesco Guardi and Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto.

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