Jan 1, 2010

National Gallery of Art Tromep l'oeil Deceptions and Illusions

Tromep l'oeil Deceptions and Illusions
This exhibition illustrates the playful and intellectual nature of trompe l'oeil--the artistic ability to depict an object so exactly as to make it appear real. A heightened form of illusionism, the art of trompe l'oeil flourished from the Renaissance onward. 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. Both witty and serious, trompe l'oeil is a game artists play with spectators to raise questions about the nature of art and perception.
The exhibition constitutes the most comprehensive treatment to date of this phenomenon.
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