We all know that our eyes can be deceptive. Most of the time, we see what we want to see … until someone points us toward the truth.
“No, that’s not possible,” I told my friend on our visit to Florence, Italy.
“Oh, my dear, but it is. They mastered it well during the Renaissance.”
“But it’s a sculpture.”
“Nope. It’s flush with the wall. It’s all paint.”
That’s when I realized I was a neophyte to the art of Trompe l’oeil.
Wikipedia: Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”, pronounced [tʁɔ̃p lœj]) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. Forced perspective is a comparable illusion in architecture.
I decided to give it a go, at least in small measures.
Thinking of Leonardo Da Vinci, I painted the image below (not the center man- he was truly glued on). The image is flat but I wanted to make the papers appear taped to a brick wall. The shadows around the papers add to the 3-D appearance.
Note: the words are written in Italian, backwards, like Da Vinci wrote. The envelope (from the man himself) says, “Dear Carolina, Maybe this helps!”
This one, The Helper, is one dimensional and has no real frame.
While I continue to be a neophyte in this department, today there are many great artists who can master this technique.
And, I still can’t decide which is better — a deceptive eye or the truth behind it. What I do know is this —
16 thoughts on “The Deceptive Eye”
An amazing and interesting post. Eyes can play tricks on you. Thank you for sharing.😉🌺
Thanks for reading, Mr. Mel!
I would totally have cracked my knuckles trying to reach around into the shadowed area behind that “statue.” Nice work on your studies, too, Carolyn!
LOL! Thanks, Janice!
Wow! That is just amazing!
So glad you enjoyed it!
This is amazing! Thank you for sharing.
And thank you for reading!
Thank you for loving Italy so much
I miss it terribly, Paola! Ho dimenticato molto, purtroppo. Especially the language! 🙁
Amazing. I find it fascinating how our eyes/brains can be deceived in this way. Of course, we have to give credit to the artists who can paint in such a way as to create these effects.
It’s very interesting. I love this type of arts. Thank you Carolyn for sharing.
So glad you liked it, Mohamad. And I realized yesterday that I never hit the “follow” button! I’m “on the ball” now! 🙂
The pleasure and honor are all mine, Carolyn. Thank you for all your wonderful posts