Sunday, 24 February 2013

Trompe L’œil- The Foundation of 3D Street Art?

by Zoe Dukoff-Gordon


Escaping Criticism by Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874
(source: Wikicommons)
The ‘Trompe l’œil’ ('trick of the eye') is made to look three dimensional to ‘fool’ the eye into thinking the piece is coming out of the page. It first began in the Ancient world, for example in Pompeii; the Greeks or Romans would use the style as a window or door way with intent to suggest a larger room. Then the style became popular in Italy where they would paint illusionistic ceilings to give the impression of a greater space to the person below.
Well-known examples are the 'Camera degli Sposi' in Mantua and Antonio da Coreggio'sAssumption of the Virgin’ in the Duomo of Parma. The style carried on to the seventeenth century, when a new architectural illusion was used by painters to "open up" the space of a wall or ceiling is known as 'quadratura'. This is where the ‘trompe l’œil’ got its name and appeared in many places of worship and great halls.
It can also be found on painted tables of other pieces of furniture so, for example, it may look like a game of cards is being played. A particularly impressive example can be seen at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, where one of the internal doors appears to have a violin and bow suspended from it.
Now in the present day, American street artists have taken the idea of ‘fool the eye’ and turned it into a 3D street painting, particularly Joe Hill (see below) who has painted in big cities such as London, New York and Hong Kong.
(source: www.joehill-art.com)


11 comments:

  1. This is an unexpected but amazing piece of work. it shows great imagination :)

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  2. wow thats really cool great blog

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  3. thats really cool how they do that

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  4. fantastic pice of art work, maybe our art department could do 3d pieces around school...

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  5. brilliant art, i agree that the art department should do something similar

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  6. Patrick Caldwell20 March 2013 at 15:37

    3D pieces look scarily realistic and they would look amazing around the school

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  7. what you dont realise is that there is someone actually coming out of the picture..... DUN DUN DUN!

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  8. Wow. That's awesome. So realistic

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  9. thats proper realistic. There should definitely be 3D artwork around the school!!!!!! Its coolios!!!!!!!!

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  10. Thats so cool! Sooooo wish i could do that!! It's freakishly realistic!!

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  11. This 3D art is amazing, especially considering the time it was painted

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