Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pompeii and Trompe L’Oeil

Many of you have expressed an interest in the way the art-form of trompe l’oeil tricks the brain into perceiving 3D from a flat surface. Always alert to examples of trompe l’oeil, I was interested to learn (on a recent trip to Italy) that this type of art goes back a very long way. Today, the earliest murals of trompe l'oeil art that exist can be found in the ruins of Pompeii and Eurculaneum and have been dated back to the first century A.D. If you’re interested in seeing some of these trompe l’oeil murals, here are a couple of websites:

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