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The Remarkable Illusionism of this Lesser-Known Dutch Artist

How to Read Paintings: Vanitas Still Life by Gijsbrechts

Trompe l’oeil with Studio Wall and Vanitas Still Life (1668) by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst). Image source Wikimedia Commons

Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts was a Flemish painter who worked in the second half of the 17th century. His paintings have the extraordinary quality of being so accurate that it’s possible to mistake them for real life.




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