Above are some examples of Tatiana Rugers Trompe l'Oeil
murals - painted illusions of balusters, frames, tiles, arches
story from ancient Greece.
were rivals in
each would try to make a picture that produced a more perfect illusion
of the real world. One, named Zeuxis, painted a likeness of grapes so
natural that birds flew down to peck at them. Then his opponent,
Parrhasius brought in his picture covered with a cloth. Reaching out to
lift the curtain, Zeuxis was stunned to discover he had lost the
contest. What had appeared to be a cloth was in reality his rival's
It's reported that
Rembrandt's student painted coins on the floor of the studio for the
pleasure of watching him trying to pick them up.