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    A mural can make a space appear larger by creating the illusion of a door or window with a painted scene to reflect your mood. Murals are a good way to introduce a focal point into to a room. Trompe l'oeil is a two dimensional painting designed to "deceive the eye", by deceiving the viewer into thinking it is a three dimensional scene or object. All objects should be life size, it should have depth, it must fit the setting in order to be believable, action scenes be avoided, and objects should not be cut off from the framed view. Trompe l'oeil is a French term literally meaning "that which deceives the eye". Trompe l'oeil has a history extending back as far as 400 B.C. and was part of the rich culture of the Greek and Roman Empires. The only surviving ancient murals are in Pompei. Trompe l'oeil mural painting resurfaced during the Renaissance and Baroque eras and was used to "open" the ceiling or walls of churches and palaces. Art historian Vasari tells of a story between two rivaling artist of a contest to see who painted the best. The first painter made a scene so convincing that birds flew down from the trees to peck at the painted grapes. The other painter then turned to his rival and said, "Draw back the curtains and show me your painting." The "curtains" were his painting. The second painter had knew he had won.

Emily Smith displays examples of her mural paintings.

Bedroom Mural Details
Bedroom Mural Details

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