Luftmalerei ("Air Paintings") on the walls of a Bavarian Bakery

Bine

Joined September 2011

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Luftmalerei (literally ‘air paintings’) are a local Bavarian version of trompe l’oeil painting which became popular in the eighteenth century. The whole subject of illusion, artificiality, deceiving the eye, was a major intellectual pre-occupation across Europe in the eighteenth century, but these intellectual concerns about the ethics of illusionism are a world away from the Luftmalerei painted as frescoes decorating the walls of houses in the alpine and sub-alpine region of Germany known as the Werdenfelser Land. They appear to be a manifestation of sheer creative exuberance.

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