For many years now I have been totally into 16th and 17th century French Trompe-l'œil paintings. 
In French trompe-l'œil means deceive the eye.
Though you can see this technique used in many places from the walls of ancient Greek and Roman buildings to the ceilings of great cathedrals, my favorite remains the small intimate paintings where collections and objects are painted in a one to one scale. 
I think they are so beautiful.

The third painting is by Jean-Étienne Liotard and lives at the Frick in New York and is one of my favorite paintings. 
I just fell in love with it when I saw it the first time. 

Below are some trompe-l'œil paintings of cabinets of curiosity.

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