Oeil de boeuf

Oeil de boeuf: in English, “eye of the steer”, “bull’s eye”, “ox eye” – these are all common translations. This architectural detail is defined as a small, round or oval window.  Furthermore, it is usually placed in an attic space. Today, this style of window is seen all over the world, but it originated in […]

Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Real ornament

Exterior marble White Carrera, vein-less.  You can really see the effect of rain over the years – see the rounding of the carvings. This is a classic, super ornate ceiling.  Typical of 19th c and created under Louis Philippe. Notice the trompe l’oeil door. There’s amazing detail achieved in this 18th c, Louis XVI ornament. […]