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Trompe L'Oeil Decoration (Pronounced: Trump Loy)

June 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 253

Trompe L'Oeil (french: to fool the eye) is an artistic technique creating an illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Often it will consist of architectural features such as pillars, arches or niches, which are realistically painted onto walls. At first glance they seem to be real but are in fact just an illusion. Painted 'faux' stone blocks or brick-work are examples of trompe l'oeil as also are techniques of wood graining and marbling.

The technique originated in antiquity. In the 5thc B.C. Pliny the elder wrote of a competition between two ancient Greek master painters, Zeuxis and Parrhasius. Zeuxis painted a bunch of grapes that appeared so realistic, that birds flew down and tried to to peck at them. He then asked Parrhasius to open the curtain hiding his painting, only for Parrhasius to reveal that the curtain was actually the painting, and Zeuxis was forced to concede defeat. This is the earliest account of trompe l'oeil.

Ancient examples still exist amongst the murals of Pompeii and Herculanium as wall decorations, proving that the technique had become very popular with the Romans.

For many years in the middle-ages trompe l'oeil disappeared and was only reinvented during the early Italian renaissance. (14th c)

As artists started to recover some of the lost secrets of the ancient world tromp l'oeil reappeared in the hands of such masters as Mantegna and Melozzo da Forli. They made great advances with it as they started to employ the newly discovered techniques of perspective and foreshortening. This gave rise to ambitious schemes. Illusions of skies were painted onto ceilings filled with clouds and cherubim. Walls were painted with marbled pillars and illusory archways giving onto romantic vistas and mythical scenes.

As it became more popular there was more and more call for this sort of decoration in churches and great houses all over Italy.

Most of the Italian masters became versed in the technique. They would normally paint the illusion using a technique called 'fresco' - that is pure pigments painted into freshly applied wet plaster. The plaster dries trapping the colour for ever in a way that never fades.

Particularly well known tromp l'oeil artists at this time included Giambattista Tiepolo, Giulio Romano, Paolo Veronese and of course Michelangelo and his great work, The Last Judgement in The Sistine Chapel.

Trompe l'oeil is alive and well in modern times and found in many surprising places. From hotel foyers, airports and shopping centres to building-site hoardings and swimming pools, the best examples never fail to 'fool the eye'.

For examples see

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