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1. Philosophy
a. The doctrine that the material world is an immaterial product of the senses.
b. The doctrine that free will is contradicted by determinism and is only an apparent phenomenon.
2. The use of illusionary techniques and devices in art or decoration.

il·lu′sion·is′tic adj.
il·lu′sion·is′ti·cal·ly adv.


1. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that the external world exists only in illusory sense perceptions
2. the use of highly illusory effects in art or decoration, esp the use of perspective in painting to create an impression of three-dimensional reality


(ɪˈlu ʒəˌnɪz əm)

a technique of using pictorial methods in order to deceive the eye. Compare trompe l'oeil.
il•lu`sion•is′tic, adj.


a theory or doctrine that the material world is wholly or nearly wholly an illusion. — illusionist, n.illusionistic, adj.
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The illusionistically sensuous evocation of a mellow Roman day in the words "aureate dream" ("v laske zolotogo sna," literally "in the caress of a golden dream") refers to the tall, slender tree in the Roman Campagna, at the entrance to Rome.
(83) Koerner also rightly argues that the picture "reads" like a book, where the motifs reference ideas symbolically rather than describing them illusionistically. (84) I would counter that the reader retains interpretive authority, whether the picture "reads" like a text or an Italian Renaissance image.
There may have been something of the very young man's bravado in the group's rejection of the traditional idea of a painting as a neatly delimited, illusionistically rendered segment of the perceivable world, but there was also a real sense of idealism about their wish to raise the aesthetic level of the domestic interior, to make art and life seamless.
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