• Trompe l'oeil: Two Books

    Artist:
    Anonymous Artist
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    11x26 cm

Anonymous Artist

Trompe l'oeil: Two Books

Russia, first quarter of 18th century

These works are depictions of pairs of books in leather bindings, some with metal clasps, placed one on top of the other that were painted onto a wooden panel. The panel was them trimmed down to outer edges of the picture. The books were painted so realistically that they produce a perfect illusion of volume. It is impossible to believe that you are looking at a flat board. The clasps seem to protrude from the surface of the picture, while the cords and the bookmark seem so real that one feels tempted to give them a tug. The impression of three-dimensions is enhanced by the fact that the books are shown not straight on, but at an angle that gives depth to the space.

Title:

Trompe l'oeil: Two Books

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Material:

Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

11x26 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1949; handed over from the Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR; originally in the Gallery of Peter the Great, the Russian Academy of Sciences

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1841

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