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Trompe l'oeil

A two-dimensional representation that is so naturalistic that it looks actual or real (three-dimensional.)  (Trick of the Eye) - A style of painting in which architectural details are rendered in extremely fine detail in order to create the illusion of tactile (tangible) and spatial qualities. This form of painting was first used by the Romans thousands of years ago in frescoes and murals. A French term meaning "deception of the eye." A painting or other work of two-dimensional art rendered in such a photographically realistic manner as to ā˜trickā™ the viewer into thinking it is three-dimensional reality.

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