Word of the Week for the week of December 4, 2016

Trompe l'oeil


Meaning & Usage

noun a visual illusion used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.

A world out of time. This feels like a digital trompe l'oeil, a trick of the eye.


Translated from French "to fool, mislead, or trick the eye." For that very reason trompe l'oeil was used by Renaissance artists and others to temporarily trick the viewer into believing that the painted objects they were looking at were real.

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