What is Trompe l’oeil?

Wall paintings at Herodium, Israel

This might seem like an odd detour but recently I was in Israel and one of the places I visited was Herodium – a palace built by the notorious King Herod prior to his death in 4 BC. The lavish palace décor included walls painted with the technique called ‘trompe l’oeil’ to appear like luxurious…

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