Discover Trompe L’oeil Paintings at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

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Curator for the Springfield Museums, Maggie North, discusses the extremely realistic genre of painting called trompe l’oeil (French for “decieve the eye”). The genre dates back to ancient time, when a Greek painter named Zeuxis won a painting duel by creating a still life that was so realistic that a bird tried to eat one of the painted grapes in the picture! Several 19th-century American masters of the trompe l’oeil style are represented in the the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts’ collection. They are not to miss during your next visit. 

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