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Saturday, February 2, 2008


Quadratura is a version of trompe l'oeil and is introduced during the Baroque period to describe simulated architecture.
The simulated architecture is painted in a one focal point perspective on a flat or barrel-vaulted ceiling continuing the existing architecture. The foreshortening of the figures, together with architectural elements creates a convincing illusion of deep recession.
The image is from a painting of 1703 by Andrea Pozzo, in the Jesuit church of Vienna. Courtesy of Wikipedia.
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