Manila, the Philippines
September 26, 2010
“It’s not flat!” Karry, my Japanese friend, exclaimed as she was looking up at the ceiling of San Agustin Church in Manila. That one sentence proved that the church’s ceiling mural had fooled yet another gazer. And that is exactly what a trompe l’oeil (click here for the pronunciation) painting intends to do. The term is French for “deception of the eye.” It is a technique in visual arts that renders images on a flat surface to be realistically three-dimensional, and it has been used for centuries. Kids, 3D was not invented by James Cameron.