Seven deceivers: who of the Old Masters imitated reality?
Samuel van Hoogstraten: what is Rembrandt’s student capable of?
Petrus Christus (1410-1475): Portrait. It's serious!
"Trompe-l'oeil" part of painting is a wooden frame, which is actually painted.
Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (ca 1630 - 1683): the King's court painter-"deceiver"
Johann Heinrich Fuseli (1741-1825): not only nightmare
A print of Fuseli's "The Nightmare" displayed in Freud’s Vienna apartment. The artist loved all the mystical, grim and was not averse to watch the mind games — it is no wonder that father of psychoanalysis liked his paintings.
Pere Borrell del Caso (1835 - 1910): escaping criticism
On the photo — an actual picture how to deal with the opinion of those who always dissatisfied with everything
Juan Sánchez Cotán: lively!
Helium Korzhev (1925-1012): what about some tea
And now we pay attention that Korzhev also painted and unusual still lifes.
Fyodor Tolstoy (1783−1873): all for queens
The Count became famous not only by his talent, but also wayward, extraordinary manners and passion for travels.
And finally: who set up this whole thing?According to legend: the best Greek painters of the VI century BC Zeuxis and Parrhasius had a bet who of them would paint the wall of the temple better. The painters staged a contest to determine the best painting. When Zeuxis unveiled his painting of grapes, they appeared so real that birds flew down to peck at them.
— It's your turn, lift the curtain! — said the satisfied artist to his opponent.
— I can’t, — Parrhasius said, — the curtain is the painting itself!
It was the presentation of the first trompe l’oeil. Later, artists began to use this technique to visually expand the space: they painted niches on the walls, windows and other details.
Gerrit Dou. "Self Portrait" (c. 1650)