User:Jahsonic/The history of the trompe-l'œil is illustrated by one legend and a couple of paintings
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The history of the trompe-l'œil is illustrated by one legend and a couple of paintings.
Our history starts with a legend, the story is that of an art competition between Ancient Greek painters Zeuxis and his contemporary Parrhasius, a contest which I've named "The curtains are the painting" for this occasion, rather clumsily illustrated here.
Charles Willson Peale enters the scene with his self-portrait The Artist in His Museum which alludes to the curtains of Parrhasius. His son, Raphaelle Peale would hide a beautiful woman behind a napkin, which serves again as a curtain, in his painting Venus Rising from the Sea — A Deception.