Trompe l’oeil is an artistic device that has been employed since Roman times. Translated from French as “deceive the eye,” it is often used to trick the viewer into assuming that a two-dimensional painting is a tangible three-dimensional scene. Apollo Inverto employs the principle of trompe l’oeil as a three-dimensional object to explore visual perception and how the eye interprets the world.

Inspired by a marble sculpture on the grounds of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire England, Apollo Inverto is a recreation of the Apollo Belvedere, now in the Pio-Clementino Museum at the Vatican in Rome. This object was created using a 3D scan of the Apollo Belvedere which was inverted to its negative mirrored image in Rhino 3D Software.

Apollo Inverto’s placement is reflective of faux decoration and illusion at Cheekwood, as it mirrors the Morning Room’s pilasters that have been painted to resemble marble and the trompe l’oeil panels of the Transverse Hallway.

Apollo Inverto, 2018
3D-Printed nylon with soft mineral coating

Michael Eden, b. 1955

On loan from Adrian Sassoon

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