Trompe l’ Oeil Composition

Trompe l’ Oeil Composition

Trompe l’ Oeil Composition
Unknown
Italy
Mid 18th century
Ink, wash and red chalk on laid paper
Width 29.6 cm x height 21.3 cm
Museum no. E.3307-1948

Here drawing of different kinds is used with such virtuosity that it imitates the look and texture of a variety of different sheets of paper and some coins. You have the impression of actually being in the presence of the sheets rather than of looking at a drawing of them.