03-29-10 Trompe l’Oeil

Trompe l’Oeil (pronounced tromp loy) is French for “fool the eye.” It applies mainly to extremely realistic paintings, but I thought that this floor tile in the Getty Villa in Malibu also fooled the eye.

While waiting for Deb to get done at the museum store I was attempting to take a photo of my own feet on this tile when a girl and her mother approached and wanted to know if I would take a photo with her camera of her feet. I obliged and then took the same photo with mine. Her shoes were much more photogenic than mine.

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