Physica Sacra  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Physica Sacra is an illustrated bible by Johann Jakob Scheuchzer. It attempts to provide a scientific explanation of Biblical history. Because of the large number of copperplates, about 750 of them, Scheuchzer called his Holy Physics, the 'copper-Bible' (die Kupfer-Bibel). Many of the engravings (executed after paintings by Johann Melchior Füssli) are framed with trompe-l'œil effects going on on two levels: objects jot out from the picture plane obscuring the ornamental moldings of the frame and objects are placed onto the frame that obscure the picture plane. Some engravings feature trompe l'oeil sheets of paper tacked to a wall.

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