Luxurious apparatus inspired by Daguerre's Diorama and the Polyrama Panoptique.
The entire viewer pivots to take both vertical and horizontal views.
The Megalithoscope or Megaletoscopio is placed on a table facing a strong light source. A photographic view is inserted in the opening. By opening and closing the doors, the scene changes appearance from day to night.
Invented by Carlo Ponti in 1860. Italy.