Bourbaki Panorama in Lucerne
1 February 2021
Towards the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, new media tried to represent the world as realistically as possible.
With all possible optical and modern technical tricks the audience got the illusion to be there themselves.
The Irish painter Robert Barker had an invention patented in London in 1787. It was known as “Panorama”. His invention was a naturalistic painted round image, which surrounded the spectators and included them in the scene.
The Bourbaki Panorama in Lucerne is an impressive heriage of the era of the panorama’s.
The Panorama by the painter Edouard Castres (1838-1902) was created in 1881. The panorama measures 112 by 10 metres,
It shows the defeated French Army of General Bourbaki on the memorable crossing of the border near Les Verrières (canton of Neuchâtel) if February 1871 (Source: www.bourbakipanorama.ch).