There are many types of #TrompeLOeil. The range of motifs and devices artists have used to create tangible illusions are often so convincing that they appeal to our sense of touch in order to confirm what we see. Have you ever heard the story of Giotto’s fly?
"We also read that Giotto, while young, painted flies that fooled his master Cimabue. He thought they were alive and tried to shoo them off with a cloth," wrote the Italian architect Antonio Averlino, known as Filarete. Later artists, claiming to be the equal of Giotto, used this theme as well, depicting flies seemingly poised on the surfaces of their paintings.
We've already seen one trompe l'oeil fly. Can you spot the fly in this painting by Sebastiano del Piombo, a Venetian artist? What else in this work of art appeals to your senses? #ArtAtoZ
Sebastiano del Piombo, "Cardinal Bandinello Sauli, His Secretary, and Two Geographers," 1516, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.9.37