trompe l'oeil (trômp loi)
n. pl. trompe l'oeils (loi)
1. A style of painting that is intended to give a convincing illusion of reality.
2. A painting or effect created in this style.
[French trompe l'œil : trompe, third person sing. present tense of tromper, to deceive + le, the + œil, eye.]
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1784 mural painting on the Pilatushaus, Oberammergau, Germany, by Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792)
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