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Santa Maria presso Santa Satiro


"Masterpiece by Bramante"

Dating back to the 14th Century. the church of Santa Maria presso Santa Satiro is best known as an exemplary specimen of a trompe l'œil, or optical illusion, that creates a false impression of depth and space. At the time of its construction, Donato Bramante's original plans for the church were foiled when he received notice that he would not be allowed to take over the street behind the plot. Half-way through construction, it was too late for Bramante to alter the entire plan. Instead, he came up with an ingenious way to maintain the balance and proportions of his design despite the limitations thrust upon him - he created an optical illusion. Considered by many to be one of the earliest examples of the trompe l'œil, the false apse appears to be much deeper than it actually is when perceived from anywhere along the axis of the church. However, step to either side and the illusion is shattered. Besides this brilliant use of illusionary space, the church also boasts beautiful terracotta decorations, frescoes, and gilded details.
Via Speronari 3, Milan, Italy, 20123
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"Masterpiece by Bramante"
Dating back to the 14th Century. the church of Santa Maria presso Santa Satiro is best known as an exemplary specimen of a trompe l'œil, or optical illusion, that creates a false impression of depth and space. At the time of its construction, Donato Bramante's original plans for the church were foiled when he received notice that he would not be allowed to take over the street behind the plot. Half-way through construction, it was too late for Bramante to alter the entire plan. Instead, he came up with an ingenious way to maintain the balance and proportions of his design despite the limitations thrust upon him - he created an optical illusion. Considered by many to be one of the earliest examples of the trompe l'œil, the false apse appears to be much deeper than it actually is when perceived from anywhere along the axis of the church. However, step to either side and the illusion is shattered. Besides this brilliant use of illusionary space, the church also boasts beautiful terracotta decorations, frescoes, and gilded details.
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