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Trompe l' oeil

Trompe l'oeil literally translates from the French to mean "fools the eye". A technique of painting that requires a meticulous attention to detail on the part of the artist.

Proper sizing and every detailed, nuance of light and gradation of colour must be skilfully incorporated in order to make the two dimensional work appear to be three - dimensional with photographically realistic detail, in order to mislead or deceive the senses.

Paintings of this genre have been around since Antiquity, though they fell into disuse during the "Dark Ages". It wasn't until the Italians rediscovered linear perspective during the Renaissance that trompe l'oeil became popular again.

 

Bull etching Working on a Trompe i'oeil Trompe L'oeil draped cloth
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