TROMPE L'OEIL MURALS

Although the phrase has its origin in the Baroque period, when it refers to perspective illusionism, use of trompe-l'oeil dates back much further. It was (and is) often employed in murals. Instances from Greek and Roman times are known, for instance in Pompeii. A typical trompe-l'oeil mural might depict a window, door, or hallway, intended to suggest a larger room.

With the superior understanding of perspective drawing achieved in the Renaissance, Italian painters began painting illusionistic ceiling paintings, generally in fresco, that employed perspective and techniques such as foreshortening in order to give the impression of greater space to the viewer below.

 

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