Thursday, October 17, 2013

Trompe l'Oeil

This charming house in Conques is an example of trompe l'oeil or 'fool the eye.' At first glance it appears there are two staircases going up the outside of the facade. Actually while the windows are all real, the vertical brown beams are painted on the house. The balusters and handrails are half-cut pieces of wood attached to the wall of the building. There are no stairs! Someone either had a quirky sense of humor or wanted his house to look much more elegant than it was.

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