The Divine Art

►Trompe l'œil - Optical Illusions & Brain Teasers

►Trompe l'œil, an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions.
The art of deceiving the eye...

Konstantin Kacev
This story originated in ancient Greece:
"Two painters were rivals in a contest. Each would try to make a picture that produced a more perfect illusion of the real world. One, named Zeuxis [ZOO-ziss], painted a likeness of grapes so natural that birds flew down to peck at them. Then his opponent, Parrhasius [pahr-HAY-zee-us] brought in his picture covered in a cloth. Reaching out to lift the curtain, Zeuxis was stunned to discover he had lost the contest. What had appeared to be a cloth was in reality his rival's painting."

Marina Dieull
One of the keys that makes a work of art a real trompe l'œil is obviously the artist's intention: does he want the work of art to "deceive" the observer or, on the contrary, is his work simply an attempt to reproduce an environment faithfully and in a realistic fashion, as for instance with a still life or an anatomical model? The illusion or ambiguity factor is also important in establishing whether a work of art is a trompe l'œil or not.
Irony and humour also seem to be important clues regarding the artist’s intent to deceive the observer.

Juan Medina
Normal pictures aren't very different from clearly "impossible" pictures. All pictures depicting perspective are dual in that we see them both as flat (in other words, as they really are) and as having a suggested depth to them. Outside of trompe l’œil we aren't prompted to touch objects depicted in a painting by trying to cross their surface, although even in the case of normal paintings we are shown images and depictions that look like any other object, immersed in a space and time of their own.

David Bowers
Trompe-l'oeil, the French term for "eye-deceiver" is a modern word for an old phenomenon: a three-dimensional "perception" provoked by a flat surface, for a puzzling moment of insecurity and reflection. The early precursors of modern trompe l'oeil appeared during the Renaissance, with the discovery of mathematically correct perspective. But the fooling of the eye to the point of confusion with reality only emerged with the rise of still-life painting in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Though highly esteemed by collectors, from the beginning art theorists often dismissed trompe-l’oeil as the lowest category of art, seeing it as a mere technical tour-de-force that did not require invention or intellectual thought. In the 17th century, trompe-l'oeil masters were not only receiving praise and recognition from many quarters but also pushing the boundaries of the genre.

Kike Meana
Optical Illusions & Brain Teasers...
The theme of deception, illusion, and the eternal tension between fiction and reality is shown not only in painting, but in the richness it has always enjoyed: sculpture, intarsia, scagliola, pietre dure, porcelain, etc.

►The road to nowhere...

Beautiful roads to nowhere scenes that leave so much more to be desired and maybe filled in with your mind and feeling. Find out where roads of your mind will take you.

~ The road not taken ~
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Aquarium - Aqua Vitae (Water of Life)

Aquarium - Elisabeth Komae Li
Bat rays flew gracefully,
through a saline sky,
velvety soft skin in dark/light contrastive camouflage,
stroking the water smoothly,
as sleepy leopard sharks drifted downward,
sandpaper spiracles allowing them to rest,
cartilaginous shapes and fins from the,
Movement others were doomed to repeat,
he looked up and saw the swirling patterns,
of sleek silver anchovy above him,
Presenting the classic behemoth visual to would-be predators,
his eyes widened and he pressed,
his small hand against the two and a half inches of acrylic separating his oxygen,
from the chilly salt water,
while a sun star's tube feet caressed him,
from the other side...

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