It amuses me when an acoustiguide/podcast does not disclose which museum/gallery it came from. They make you work to find out where the series came from.
Actually, I do know: it came from the Aux Galeries National du Grand Palais. As implied in the title, this series focuses on the first Trompe L’oeil. All about deception, innuendo, and the many interpretations one can find in the history of art. Some examples come artists such as Arcimboldo, Salvador Dali, and Marcus Reitz. Going back to Arcimboldo, probably the most iconic creator of artistic illusions, the podcast notes that he helped take still lifes beyond the hierarchy of “minor art”. In other parts of history, artists used these tricks to escape detection and censorship for their social commentary during the Protestant Reformation and French Revolution. As usual, the acoustiguide gives historical background behind the use of illusion, as well as interpretations of these works. The narrators do explain the tricks found in each work. Some additions will surprise you. Especially a Marcel Duchamp piece I had never heard of. Not to mention a painting by Gustave “Father of Realism” Courbet. All in all, these works featured largely revolve around hidden moral messages to remind people to live a good, virtuous life.
Overall, the examples mostly came from Western Art. They do mention the composite animals of the Mughal art era of the 1660s. Having learned about this from another podcast, I wondered if they had any examples. Another by Japanese artist and Edo Kuniyoshi. The last piece, a mask, came from a group in Cameroon. The longest podcast goes just over three minutes. No reproductions found. Pity, I wanted to see them for myself. Especially when the art they talk about, I have never seen myself. Due to some of the content found, I would recommend only listening to this at home. Seriously, some of these artists’ views on women may leave you unsettled. I did like the spacey synthesizer music they put in occasionally. They did put some harp music in one acoustiguide.