The principle or technique by which artistic representations are made to resemble real objects or to give an appearance of space by the use of perspective.
- Venetian art was more painterly than the sculptural art of central Italy, and artists used light and colour more dramatically; Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese developed the expressive power and illusionism of oil painting.
- This illusionism is contradicted by brushwork highlighting the front picture plane or establishing ambiguous layers of space lying beyond.
- All are frontally oriented works that expose conventions of illusionism by carrying them off of the wall into real space.
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- Magritte was an illusionistic surrealist who lived through the Nazi occupation of Belgium and war years of the mid-1900s.
- Caravaggio returns to the half-length format of his early genre scenes, but all naturalistic bravura and illusionistic detail are gone.
- Chardin's softer, more painterly realism exhibits a Rococo temperament stylistically fused with an illusionistic aim, each moderating the other.
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