‘From below upwards’, creating the illusion of space

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Picture: Musei Italiani

Our thanks to Musei Italiani for this spectacular photograph of the ceiling of the church of Saint Ignatius in Rome, showing the saint’s apotheosis, painted by Andrea Pozzo in the 17th century

It is an outstanding example of trompe l’oeil painting known in Italian as di sotto in sù, ‘from below, upwards’, using the techniques of painting perspective and foreshortening to create the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.

Andrea’s painting is a suitable celebration of the splendour of high Baroque, but my favourite painting in the style come from a little earlier, Andrea Mantegna’s ceiling in the Camera degli Sposi in the ducal Palace in Mantova, not least because it is a technical masterpiece, but also because it is such fun.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Picture: Citta di Mantova

Can you see those laughing servants peering over the balustrade, ready to tumble a tub of flowers on our heads?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

And look at those chubby naked putti clinging on, sticking out all sorts of body parts, poised for mischief.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

We can’t promise you mastery of all the mysteries of perspective and foreshortening, but we can guarantee that you will improve your painting – and have fun – on one of our remaining fun-filled sun-filled inspiring painting weeks here at the Watermill.

Come and join us!

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.
A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

Mike Willdridge
29 August – 5 September 2020 – three or four places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 –  two or three places left
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.



Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vibrant watercolour of an old vineyard by Tim Wilmot.

We are also planning a full series of creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for 2021 and you can see a preview of those courses by clicking here.

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