The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

In the May Architectural Digest, Mitch Owens’ engaging story on the Sicilian Palazzo di Lorenzo Castelluccio details the remarkable lengths the owner went through to recreate what research and imagination determined to be its original decor. Of the impressive achievements, the trompe l’oeil artistry stands out.

trompe l'oeil in Palazzo di Lorenzo Castelluccio, photo by Armando Rotoletti for ADIn the dramatic pink entrance hall, above, local decorative painter Alexandrine Stordeur restored the original murals to their original majesty. What is perhaps an even more notable example is Delphine Nény‘s handiwork in creating the tented room below.

tented bedroom trompe l'oeil in Palazzo di Lorenzo Castelluccio, photo by Armando Rotoletti for ADtwo photos above by Armando Rotoletti for AD

Her site features additional views of this remarkable room.


Other examples of her work include a boiserie dining room with floral decoration

Decor peint fleurs Delphine Neny, MOF

Peinture decorative fleurs Delphine Neny, MOF


beautiful botanicals for a lucky private client

Delphine Neny trompe l'oeil as well as many examples of exceptional faux bois and marble and beautiful hand-painted wallpaper, below, “inspired by naturalistic boards, cabinets of curiosities of the great explorers, fantastic decorations” all made to measure.

Delphine Neny

Her talents go on to include original versions and reproductions of paintings of many styles and themes

delphine neny painting

delphine neny painting

It is always reassuring to know that there are still projects, designers and customers that support creativity and workmanship of this caliber. As we celebrate a more layered, individualistic and artistic approach to design and interiors, I look forward to hopefully seeing more work that helps to tell our stories with artistry, integrity and style!

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13 Responses to The Art of Trompe l’Oeil in Sicily

  1. Such an impressive level of quality, craftsmanship, imagination and excellence in this art that it truly inspires! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Addison says:

    Wonderful! Remarkable piece of art!

  3. Mari Carmen mayoral says:

    Such talent!!!
    Thank you for featuring this amazing artist.

  4. Kelley says:

    Wow! I had to really study the tented room – it is gorgeous!

  5. franki says:

    Dedication to detail!! franki

  6. Thank you for sharing this amazing work…it is so fabulous!

  7. Kristin says:

    Yes! “Layered, individualistic, and artistic”! Thank you so much for sharing these amazing talents.

  8. What a feast for the eyes–and spirit too. I’m charged for the day. Thanks!

  9. Thank you very much, dear Stacey, for your lovely article about my work. It is always a pleasure.

    Delphine Nény
    Painter and interior decorator

    • Helen Morris says:

      I just followed the link to see more of Delphine’s incredible work. I’m sure that we will have mutual acquaintances in the world of decorative painting. Her work is just gorgeous and I’m now following on Instagram to be further inspired. Thank you both!

  10. Finley says:

    Would enjoy going to a Trounp L’o. Art showing if ever one closer.

  11. Merci for featuring these marvelous examples of trompe l’oeil…long may this special art form live and thrive (may I confess that I’m a particular fan of anything tented).

  12. vermyss says:

    amazing piece of art!

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