Tromp L’oeil (pronounced “trump loy”) is a form of art that has been around since Antiquity but fell out of favor during the Dark Ages.  It was revived by Italian artists during the Renaissance period and can be seen in such pieces as  Andrea Mantegan’s “The Oculus”, 1473.

Literally, this French phrase is translated as: “fool the eye”.  It is the art of illusion where a style of painting is done in such a way that makes it look real.  This type of art requires real talent and an eye for detail in order to capture the proper sizing, lighting and gradation that make two-dimensional paintings appear to be three- dimensional.

This technique is still found in artistic painting today.  A wall in a restaurant or residence that has a scene that appears to be looking out of a window, but is actually a painting is just one example.

Painting by David Wendel

[Painting by David Wendel]

21st century ‘photo realism’ is a modern day version of the art of making the subject matter of a painting seem real.  A good friend of mine and extremely gifted painter, David Wendel, specializes in this technique as seen in the images of two of his paintings (see above and below).

Painting by David Wendel

[Painting by David Wendel]

Do you have a favorite Tromp L’oeil piece? Share the link in the comments below!

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