In French, trompe l’œil means to fool the eye and that is exactly what it does. Its origins reach back to the frescoes and mosaics of Antiquity. Although Antiquity may have been the starting point for this perfect illusion, it was not until the Renaissance and Mannerism that the use of trompe l’œil escalated, reaching its apogee and becoming a genre in its own right during the Baroque period, largely thanks to the use of perspective and chiaroscuro. While the base materials, media, supports and contexts may have differed, every era has been drawn to trompe l’œil.
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