Trompe L’Oeil

“trompe l’oeil: (Fr., deceives the eye) Painting that, through precise naturalism, the use of shade, perspective, or all of these, creates the illusion of being that which is depicted. Most often applied to small details, such as drops of dew on flower petals.”

Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.

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