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Invented in 1822 by L. J. M. Daguerre (see daguerrotype), the diorama was originally a large, translucent scenic painting which could be variously illuminated to simulate the effects of sunrise, changing weather, etc. The current meaning of the term denotes an illusional display, very often in a museum context, in which the foreground is modelled in three dimensions and is seen against a two-dimensional painted background.

Subjects: Art.

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