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PHANTASMAGORIA SLIDES PAGE I
A PANDEMONIUM OF GHOSTS -  MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES - HISTORICAL FIGURES

IMPORTANT NEWS
The Moisse Fantascope and slides found a new permanent home and resides in the International Media Museum / IMM - QMA Qatar.

The museum is scheduled to open in a few years.

Phantasmagoria slides, as used and explained in Assaulted by the Devil and his companions (part I & II) where mostly frightening subjects or used in a suchlike way. There are three main Phantasmagoria genres found in most contemporary references, depicting:

The underworld: Ghosts, phantoms, devils, skeletons, skulls, grave-diggers, witches,...etc. Very popular was the Bleeding nun, a character created by Mattew Lewis' in "the Monk" 1796, his most famous gothic horror novel and an inspiration source for the Phantasmagoria.

Mythological themes: Hébé (goddess of eternal youth), Hero et Leandre, Achilles ... etc.

Portraits of (un) known people. Often, these are protagonists of the French Revolution: Bonaparte, Marat, Robespierre, Danton, Louis XVI... etc., and mentioned to conjure-up the ghost of these departed ones.

Click here to see and read about military use of the Phantasmagoria during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution
Click fantascope to see fantascope prints


The Fantascope is currently on display at the Cinémathèque Française in the permanent exhibition 'Passion Cinema'.

The
Fantascope & accessories was on display in Lanterne Magique et Film Peint a temporally exhibition organized by the Cinémathèque Française and Museo Nazionale Del Cinema.

All these genres are made for projection by hidden phantasmagoria techniques in an attempt to convince the onlooker of the presence of a ghost. Frequently these slides have animated features to make them more spectacular. e.g. a skull with movable wings, the head of medusa with animated eyes and snakes. Often, these slides where projected on a smoke curtain to create the weird effect of a ghost floating above a coffin. Mostly they where projected with the aid of a Fantascope as see in the left image.
Phantasmagoria slides also refers to a special painting technique especially developed for ghost show purposes / effects. This type of slide shows the subject in an opaque black surrounding to eliminate unwanted light, which destroys the darkness necessary for the Phantasmagoria effect. A mint Phantasmagoria slide conjures-up a ghost in total darkness. The first idea and use of this effective but simple technique probably came from Etiénne-Gaspard Robert(son) (1763-1837)

Phantasmagoria slides are very important in the history of the French Revolution due to their subject & use. For this reason, they are important, both for pre-cinema collectors and historical researchers of the tumultuous revolution.
The first image on this page, depicting a Phantasmagoria lightning effect slide, belong to
The Cabinet of Physics, part of the Helsinki University Museum.
I'm most thankfull to the Cabinet of Physics & Mrs. Jaana Tegelberg for allowing permission for use of their important phantasmagoria collection on VISUAL MEDIA.



Sun Woman

© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

All images used from others will be properly credited and are copyright protected property of the owner. Images withouth credit are privat collection and copyright protected too.
Several important phantasmagoria collection do exist and I hope to receive more permissions for use of their images in the future;
The Hauch's Physiske Cabinet in Denmark, The Arts et Métiers Museum in Paris, Museu del Cinema in Girona
Hopefully, this page will also help in discovering hidden collections hitherto unknown or published in recent times.



The grotesque and the macabre
Slides from the Underworld / MYTHOLOGICAL THEMES / PORTRAITS

Visit after this page more Phantasmagoria slides and Engravings from
the Hauch's physiske cabinet in denmark, Sorø
 


 

 

La Nonne Sanglante (The bleeding Nun)

Diable (Devil)

Tête de Mort (Skull)

Squelette (Skeleton)

Bonaparte

Napoleon

Hébé

Hero et Léandre

L’Enlèvement de Déjanire

L’Éducation d’Achilles

Winged Skeleton & Woman
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Winged Devil
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Old man with board
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Skeleton with scythe
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Medusa head with snakes
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Devil
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Skull
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

White bearded Skull
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Skeleton opening his Tomb (I)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Molteni (Marionette) Skeleton
(Compared with Helsinki slide)

©Molteni (Marionette) Skeleton
(Compared with Helsinki slide)

Skeleton opening his Tomb (II)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Devil riding Seleton horse
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Floating woman
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Priest (front)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Priest (back)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Woman with snake
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Woman with scarf
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Cupido (rear view)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Cupido (back view)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Cupido (back view)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Skeleton opening his Tomb
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide (detail 1)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide (detail 2)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide (detail 3)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide (detail 4)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Long slide (detail 5)
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki



© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

Part of the lot Phantasmagoria slides in Helsinki
© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki



© The Cabinet of Physics, Helsinki

   

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