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The two swindlers hustling a young man in the street in Caravaggio’s Cardsharps (Fig. 1) are a familiar scene that many of us have encountered in some dark alley or on the sidelines of a busy marketplace. It is a snapshot of reality. It is not so much the realism of the details (such as … Continue reading

Traversing Realities

When in 1703 Andrea Pozzo painted the ceiling of the Jesuit church in Vienna, he included in his design a dome rendered in trompe l’oeil that creates the illusion of a real architectural element (Fig. 1). More or less at the same time, in the Balkans, itinerant decorators were painting imitation domes on the ceilings … Continue reading