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    The Art of Deceit: Looking at French Trompe l’Oeil

    Presented by at Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    September 10, 2010 - January 8, 2011


    The Art of Deceit: Looking at French Trompe l’Oeil

    Since antiquity, artists have made illusionistic works that force viewers to marvel at their craft. In 18th-century France many artists produced works that “trick the eye” (trompe l’oeil). This installation looks at three masterful examples of this genre, by Jean-Pierre-Xavier Bidauld, Louis-Léopold Boilly, and Jacques-Charles Oudry, that illustrate the humorous and intellectual nature of these pictures.

    Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum

    485 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    General admission: $9
    Members: Free
    Children under 18: Free
    Seniors over 65: $7
    College students with valid ID: $6
    Harvard students and affiliates: Free plus one guest
    Cambridge Public Library cardholders: Free
    Massachusetts residents with valid ID: Free on Saturday from 10am-noon

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