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Trompe l'Oeil Nativity

McCausland, Toronto

circa 1960

What a lively and original creation this Nativity scene is. The naturalistic faces and figures are set within a clever visual play on the medium of stained glass.

A protective Trompe l'Oeil ("trick of the eye") glow surrounds the Holy Family like a canopy of stained glass, transforming the legendary stable of Jesus' birth into a Gothic chapel.


Trompe l'Oeil Nativity