This is not really about the 18th century, but LOOK AT THIS. I mean, how FUN is this?! This fascinating device uses a rotating spindle to create a moving image that resembles GIF files. Hence the name “GIPHoscope”!
You can purchase your very own Botticelli Birth of Venus Giphoscope or commission a customized one at this Etsy boutique.
I don’t think the creators of the Giphoscope have made one with an eighteenth-century artwork. What images would make good candidates for this device? There are so many.. Surely an animated GIF of a rocaille arabesque design with tendrils growing into all directions.
Or maybe this..?
With the water flowing down the fountain and Venus and the mermen and amour coming to life in real flesh..? This painting already moves anyway in my eyes and in my mind..
Ahhhh, a dixhuitièmiste can dream.
The Fountain of Venus
Cleveland Museum of Art