Heritage Trompe L’Oeil
Photo featured above centre: Palazzo Trompe L’Oeil – Court scene with Imaginary Architecture 1745-47; Villa Lechi, Montirone, near Brescia – painted by heritage artist Gary Lancaster. Photos above left and right: trompe loeils hand painted in heritage Auchendarroch House by Lancaster Painters Australia. Below: Athelstone Hall trompe loeil and decorative finish restoration work.
Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exists in three dimensions. It is often used in murals and to create architectural details with forced perspective as a comparable illusion. Though the phrase, which can also be spelled without the hyphen and ligature in English as trompe l’oeil, originates in the Baroque period, when it refers to perspectival illusionism, trompe-l’œil dates much further back. It was, and still is, often employed in murals. Instances from Greek and Roman times are known, for instance in Pompeii. A typical trompe-l’œil mural might depict a window, door, or hallway, intended to suggest a larger room. Featured below is a beautiful Grecian trompe l’oeil hand painted by heritage artist Gary Lancaster.
Below: “Admirals Arch” with faux stone blocking trompe l’oeil and Roman vases, coffer and lady trompe loeil by Gary Lancaster.
Featured below: 3-D Painted Sky Ceiling trompe loeil and Roman Chariot trompe loeil hand painted by artist Gary Lancaster.