The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1690
Deceiving the Eye
This room is an imagined reconstruction of how the paintings were presented in the old Perspective Chamber.
The Perspective Chamber was one of the rooms at the Royal Kunstkammer at the Copenhagen Palace.
The works play with three-dimensional effects by letting the images jump out at the spectator or by letting them disappear inwards in an endless central perspective. Most of the paintings belong to the genre known as trompe l’oeil (from the French for "deceive the eye").
The Flemish painter Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts was an expert within the genre.
He worked for the Danish kings Frederik III and Christian V during the years 1668-72 and created most of the paintings housed in The Perspective Chamber.
The objective of The Perspective Chamber was to welcome the king’s guests with entertaining and modern trickeries that served to present the king as an insightful monarch who kept abreast with the latest developments within the arts and technology.