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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Quadro riportato is the Italian phrase for "carried picture". It is used in art to describe easel paintings that are seen in a normal perspective and inserted into a decoration on a ceiling. The final effect is not similar to Illusionism.

Term applied to a ceiling picture that is intended to look as if it is a framed easel picture placed overhead; there is no illusionistic foreshortening, figures appearing as if they were to be viewed at normal eye level. Mengs's Parnassus (1761) in the Villa Albani (now Villa Torlonia), Rome, is a famous example—a kind of Neoclassical manifesto against Baroque illusionism. Often, however, quadro riportati were combined with illusionistic elements, as in Annibale Carracci's Farnese Ceiling (1597–1600) in Rome.



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