Trompe L’oeil

Trompe l’oeil Trickery

Trompe l’oeil translated from the French means "fools the eye." It refers to a challenging artistic technique in which an object or scene is represented in photographically realistic detail with the appearance of three dimensions. Well done, it is so convincing that it deceives the viewer into thinking that they see the object itself rather than a representation of it.

Widely used during the Baroque period, trompe l’oeil in America enhances the decoration of many traditionally designed state capitols, courthouses and churches. Common applications include creating the appearance of a different material, such as stone work, on a plain plaster surface. Designs and mouldings have been painted on walls and ceilings to give the appearance of architectural ornamentation, such as plaster or wood details, that do not exist. Faux framing on murals was another popular application a century ago. Trompe l’oeil is a storied technique that is created and restored by CSS.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Toledo, OH

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