A panorama is generally defined as an extended view that is unobstructed in every direction. The first panorama art was presented in 1792 by Irish painter Robert Barker, when he displayed his panoramic paintings of Edinburgh at a London art show. Michelangelo is also known for his divine panoramic paintings. Landscapes and historical events were the typical subjects of early panorama art. For example, the "Atlanta Cyclorama," first displayed in 1887, depicts the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War.
When the camera came on the scene, panoramas took on a whole new life, especially with the development of wide angle lenses. Cityscapes became the most popular object of the panoramic photographer's affection. Examples include photographers James and Christopher Blakeway, among others. Since the mid 1950s, movies and computers continue to take panoramic interest and excitement to whole new dimensions.