TROMPE L’OEIL: a French term literally meaning “trick the eye”. Sometimes called illusion-ism, it is a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic realism. It flourished from the Renaissance onward. The discovery of linear perspective in fifteenth-century Italy and advancements in the science of optics in the seventeenth-century Netherlands enabled artists to render objects and spaces with eye-fooling exactitude. Both playful and intellectually serious, trompe artists toy with spectators’ seeing to raise questions about the nature of art and perception.
Famous painting by Pere Borrell del Caso, “Escaping Criticism”, 1874 Continue reading