Miniature Hell in 3D, 1860s

‘A crew of demolition workers in Paris discovered a mysterious wooden box hidden in the ruins of a condemned building.  The box, which had been wrapped with old military belts, was found to contain a collection of photographs depicting a hedonistic world filled with drunken devils, sinister skeletons and scantily clad women.  An anonymous note found buried among the glass images added:

‘“This is the work of my life, it is thus that I dreamed of Hell.  If my visions are true, then the wicked may rest assured, the afterlife will be sweet for them to bear.”

‘What the demolition workers discovered that day was a series of photographs known as Les Diableries, The Diabolical.  Each scene in the series was composed of an elaborate diorama sculpted out of plaster and clay and embellished with miniature props.  Created in Paris during the 1860s, the series was printed in the form of stereoscopic transparencies.’

- Mitch Kaba


This capsule was curated by Mitch Kaba

1 comment to Miniature Hell in 3D, 1860s

  • Jennifer

    You can read the full history of Les Diableries at the curator’s website:

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