Diableries has 88 ratings and 6 reviews. Forrest said: Let’s get the obligatory cataloging information out of the way first, shall we?Diableries: Stere. Les Diableries is the title of a series of stereoscopic photographs published in Paris during the s. The photographs, commonly known as stereoviews, portray sculpted clay vignettes which depict scenes of daily life in Hell. Pellerin (), Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, London Stereoscopic Company. ‘Diableries – Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell’ was published on 31 October , The book is a study of ‘Diableries’, which are French stereo cards produced.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Diableries by Brian May. Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell by Brian May. A devilish s sensation – finally unleashed on the 21st century!
In France, aroundfrom the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be view A devilish s sensation – finally unleashed on the 21st century!
In France, aroundfrom the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things idableries, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic diableties, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the s.
This 3-D phenomenon, which fascinated a nation for 40 years, is now yours to share.
This book, the fruit of half a lifetime’s study by three impassioned authors, brings every one of the published Diableries into steereoscopic 21st century for the very first time.
Some of them are so rare that at the time of writing there is no known complete collection of the originals of these masterpieces. But this book enables all but two of the scenes to be enjoyed just as their creators intended, in magnificent 3-D, using the high-quality patent OWL stereoscopic viewer supplied.
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To ask other readers questions about Diableriesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 26, Forrest rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let’s get the obligatory cataloging information out of the way first, shall we? Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell comes as slip-cased book, with a hologram of Satan and his minions going to stedeoscopic on the cover. Included is an “OWL” stereoscope for viewing the dozens of 3D stereoscopic photographs reproduced throughout.
Contents include an introductory preface Let’s get the obligatory cataloging information out of the way first, shall we? Contents include an introductory preface written by May, a section revealing “The Magic hell Stereo Photography,” detail pages including Diableries dioramas taking place in hell, usually, and featuring Satan advenyures his minionsa timeline, a section on “Peripheral Diableries,” which don’t quite fit into the formally-recognized diableries, a section giving instructions on how to take stereo photographs with your cell phone!
What did I think of the book? This book will be a family stereoscoic that will hopefully be passed down for generations long after I have joined the choir eternal. Yes, it’s that good. Not just because of the content which I will briefly discuss in a moment but because it is an amazing artifact.
A shrine, really, or an immersive space dedicated to the artists that created these scenes and the time in which they were produced. Nick incidentally, my favorite portrayal of the devil is that of “Mr. The setting, as one would also expect, is Hell. What is unexpected is the whimsical ways in which the devil and his minions are portrayed. The vignettes portrayed in the diableries are as varied as life itself.
We see Satan on his wedding day, at supper, in his laboratory, in a gaming room, walking in the park with Misses Satan, in a bicycle race, leading his legions to diabperies, at the lottery, at the stock exchange I found these last two particularly appropriateat a regatta, at the wheat harvest, and on and on and on.
These scenes are typically light-hearted, even zany see, for example, “A Lecture by Miss Satan – Satan’s diableres educates an stereoscopid of men – er, male skeletons – on the merits of the hel feminism by standing on a stage, dressed in a man’s suit, lifting a glass of champagne while kicking her leg up in a Can Can dance to the cheers of the. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is a book about Satan.
The Father hepl Lies? All is not as it seems. Behind the thin veneer of raucous entertainment is a social commentary. When one understands the symbols used and some of the situations represented, the book takes on a more.
The authors point out some points that hint at underlying messages about and in opposition to France’s Second Empirea period about which I knew almost nothing. Apparently, I am not alone. We are told, in the historical section at the back of the book, that most French schools skip right over diahleries period when teaching French history.
Thankfully, this section provides a great survey of the period, which I will not repeat here, so as adventurex not spoil the fun. It is in the biographies of the artists there were several, with two, Dibaleries Alfred Habert and Pierre Adolphe Hennetier being the most prominent and the primary producers of the diableries, Francois Benjamin Lamiche and Adolphe Block, that we come to realize the impetus for referencing riableries disparaging the French Emperor, Napoleon III.
Napoleon was a notorious womanizer who admitted remaining faithful to his wife for only six months after their marriage. In one scene, a castle is represented which, to those who know the place, is modeled after a chateau gifted by the Emperor to one of his many mistresses.
Satan leads his skeletal soldiers against some un-named enemy, the armies of whom uell the Prussian Im – a clear reference to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and Napoleon III’s defense of Paris. One of the more damning diableries is “Satan the Journalist” in which the devil is portrayed as a two-faced being, one face looking cruelly on, whip in hand, as a demon made from a pair of scissors a reference to the extreme government censorship of the Second Empire cooks up scandalous news beneath a bank of drawers containing “Lies,” “New Mistakes” per the label on one drawerand absurd pieces of made-up news.
The other side of his face looks approvingly on those journalists who write and disseminate trivial, vacuous news about celebrities and social happenings that will keep the masses distracted from any wdventures problems in the Empire the early equivalent of People magazine. Behind these purveyors of schlock, the allegorical adfentures of Truth is locked up, half clothed i.
As I said, in the biographies, one finds the reason behind these scathing, if carefully veiled they made it past the censors, after all! Francois Benjamin Lamiche, who owned the copyright to the earliest diableries and who must have hired Hennetier and, later, Habert, was a bitter opponent of the diablerise.
His son, Alphonse Benjamin, had died of typhus while en route to the Crimean War, and the government, it seems, did not notify the family in a timely manner.
Or, at least, it is unclear when they were notified.
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Also, Lamiche was arrested, fined, and imprisoned for possessing and distributing obscene pictures and for having conspired with other Parisian photographers, to write a petition to the Emperor asking for an appeal on their collective cases. This backfired when the police used the petition to track down, investigate, and further condemn those who were already out of favor with the law. These experiences seem to have informed, to advenfures extent, the negative, if obfuscated, lampooning of Napoleon III throughout the diableries.
Knowing all of this and more – there is more, but I shall forbear. The 3D images are spectacular though headache-inducing if you look for too longand adventurrs portrayals are mostly quite fun, with a wry, dark sense of humor throughout. For those of us who are trained historianshowever, the book takes on deeper social meaning in light of the fantastic historical overview and bibliographies presented at the end.
This book is a keeper – one of my “chained” books that I hope to never see leave my library NO! You can’t borrow it!
Before i go inviting everyone over, however, I should put a sign above the doorway into my house: Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate Come on over. Aug 15, Jon rated it it was amazing. Those of us over a certain age fear not – your secret is safe with me!
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Well anyway, for those not advnetures with this marvellous device, you would insert cardboard discs into a slot at the top and, by carefully holding your ugly lump of Those of us over a certain age fear not – your secret is safe with me! Well anyway, for those not familiar with this marvellous device, you would insert cardboard discs into a slot at the top and, by carefully holding your ugly lump of red plastic up to the light and peering into the viewing holes, could see various pictures – even licensed scenes from your favourite cartoons – in three dimensions.
For a child living in the pre-digital age, it was like magic. These are very good questions! Virtual reality, Victorian style. Stereoscopy is a process that involves using two images of a subject taken from slightly different angles, and placing them side-by-side. Of course, this is the basis for all modern 3-D techniques, but the fact that the Victorians went to such meticulous efforts to create such stunning advenyures makes Stereoscopy its own very distinctive art-form.
Onwards to the book! The Diableries were a collection of Stereoscopic cards produced in France – made by photographing a tableaux created from sculpted miniatures – which became hugely popular during the latter-half of the 19th Century. The cards depict scenes from Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, but are filled with sardonic wit and topical humour that poke a lot of fun at the social and political climate of the era.
A Lecture by Miss Satan. The same image as above but in stereoscopic format. This book not only catalogues every single one of the plus Adentures stereo cards with as much specific information that the authors could findbut almost all of the cards have been reproduced in stereoscopic form, in both black and white and full colour. A fiableries stereoscope is provided with the book so that you can view all of the cards as they were meant to be seen.
And really; they look absolutely incredible. This has obviously been a real labour of love for the three Stereoscopy enthusiasts including Dr. Brian May – yes, that Brian May: Diableries with the supplied stereoscope. I adore the more unusual aspects of Victoriana, and I absolutely love this book.
I only wish I had a coffee table, because this book would be sat on it permanently. View all 10 comments. Feb 28, Jim rated it it was amazing. The writing, qdventures interpretation of the satire, the work these French artists took mainly two in creating what could be called diorama’s, all dating from the Second Empire of Napolean the Third.
A visual feast yet the writing is simply top notch and delightful. Mays continued pursuit of re publishing refurbished versions suggests Virtual History is actually a very old vision first conceived of in mid Century Europe.
Jun 20, Mills College Library added it. Jul 14, Jenn rated it it was amazing. This is so cool. I had no idea these existed and really enjoyed viewing the images with the viewer. The art and detail is amazing.