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Scenic Art for the Theatre, 3rd Edition by Peter Beudert, Susan Crabtree

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CHAPTER 11

TROMPE L’OEILPAINTING TECHNIQUE

 

 

 

 

TROMPE L’OEIL PAINTING TECHNIQUE

Trompe l’oeil, a French term that means “deceive the eye,” is a means of painting any surface employing the pictorial devices of perspective and foreshortening combined with the painting techniques of chiaroscuro and cast shadows. The result is to trick observers into believing they see three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane. Successful trompe l’oeil technique results in stunning results of illusion perfectly suited for the theatre.

The techniques of trompe l’oeil were developed and widely practiced during the Italian Rococo period as a way of satisfying the increasing demand for sumptuous and fantastical interior decoration, reaching a state ...

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