Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
Trompe l'oeil
Firenze nell'Arte

Trompe l'oeil course

The trompe-l'oeil (in French it literally means "deceives the eye") is a type of painting that, through various means, causes the viewer to have the illusion of being in front of real, three-dimensional objects, which are in reality painted on a two-dimensional surface.

The trompe-l'oeil creates such a realistic impression that it makes the wall where the piece is made disappear, thus deceiving the eye. Trompe-l'oeil often features windows, doors or foyer, thus fostering an amplified perception of space.

There are examples in ancient Greece, in Roman society and in later eras up to modern art.

From a technical point of view it is necessary to be familiar with the design and rules of perspective.


  • Historical overview and introduction to the technique of depth.
  • Exercises in drawing and painting perspective and creating the feeling of distance of an object or landscape.
  • Use of various painting techniques.
  • Acrylic or oil painting.
  • Painting of fake marble and fake wood.
  • Final painting project on a free standing panel of canvas or wood of a pre-chosen subject.