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Q: Trompe loeil ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Trompe loeil
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: gekie1-ga
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Posted: 20 Jan 2005 06:41 PST
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Question ID: 460380
HI, I'm looking for immediate respond on Trompe loeil(history,
materials, resources, ect...). Deadline is VERY close. could you
please give me the relavent information or point me for the desire
resources. preferbly in Dutch...
Subject: Re: Trompe loeil
Answered By: scribe-ga on 20 Jan 2005 08:28 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Gekie,

I have a group of resources for you that will give you a good
overview, I think. Unfortunately, none are in Dutch. But since much of
the information is visual, perhaps the fact that the sites are in
English--or, in one case, in French-- will not to be problem.

As you will see, trompe l'oeil is literally an ancient painting
technique used to create several kinds of illusion.

One such illusion is purely decorative, as in applying paint in such a
way as to create the illusion that the surface you are looking at is,
for example, marble.

This site, for a California school that teaches how to create such
false finishes, will be helpful to you, I hope.

Another illusion might be called architectural. This site explains how
ancient Romans used fool-the-eye painting in their interiors to create
the illusion that a room had a widow looking out upon the world
outside, where in fact no window existed:

(By the way, modern exterior murals painted on the blank sides of
buildings can create the architecural illusion of an entire building
facade of great complexity and beauty. Good examples of this can be
found in the French site,
I recommend to you, a little later in my answer.)

The National Galley of Art in Washington, D.C. has at its website
information about an exhibition no longer on display: "Deceptions and
Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe L'Oeill Painting."  Here you will
find that
that "The discovery of 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."

Between the acient Romans and the Renaissance, the art of trompe
l'oeil, like much else, had been lost. But with the Renaissance came
new knowledge that permitted the creation of oil paintings in which
the illusions of depth and of real surfaces and objects are remarkably
convincing. The website gives many fine examples of such paintings.

Today, some of the best examples of trompe l'oeil are public art:
murals that beautify and astonish in cities in many countries, but
especially in Europe. This site is a remarkable collection of images
of such murals:

Finally, it is interesting to note that the tradition of trompe l'oeil
in "fine art" oil paintings is alive and well. One very respected
practioner of the art is the American artist William Harnett, one of
whose works is analyzed in great detail at this site:

I hope that these sites collectively will provide you with the
information you need (and that you seem to need FAST). It's a large
topic, and one which can be pursued through many corners of the Web.
But I do think these sites will at least give you a start upon which
to base further research if you wish.

All the best,

Another illusion might be called architectural. This site explains how
ancient Romans "fooled the eye" into thinking it was looking through
an window to the world outside.

Another illusion might be called architectural. This first site I have for you,
shows how the ancient Romans used trompe l'oeil to "fool the eye" into
thinking it was looking out a window at the world outside.
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