The ability to trompe-l’œil or “deceive the eye” was a highly prized artistic skill of ancient Greek and Roman painters. The ability to fool one with a painted illusion is a practice that continues in today’s modern interiors. Whether to expand the visual size of a room, add decorative elements, or introduce a bit of whimsy, decorative painters and designers collaborate to create fantastic tricks.
The Ducal Palace in Mantua c. 1470 by artist Andrea Mantegna
Fashion designer Martin Margiela added faux architectural details in his hotel room design
Expansive light and space is created in a powder room with a trompe l’oeil garden
A bedroom shrouded in luxurious drapery
Trompe L’oeil can be trans formative as evidenced by artist Janie Atkinson’s garage doors.
Tromple l’oeil allows for a touch of whimsy: look closely in the Paris Musee de la Chasse for the painted mouse lurking about.
This restaurant floor was turned into a coral reef complete with the illusion of water and sea life.
Faux marbre, faux boise….
Dogs are a favorite subject for trompe l’oeil artists
Mr. H says: Through a painting we can see the whole world-Enjoy!