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A room in the Palazzo Pitti, a Medici palace,
Just about every element above the door level is an illusion: paint on a flat surface.
There are no balconies;
There are no railings;
There are no statues;
There are no men standing on the balconies on the far left;
There are no curved arches;
There are no three-dimensional decorations on the ceiling.
Paint, paint, paint on a flat surface.
The projection of power and wealth through a magic trick.
The emperor has no clothes.
The Phil Ochs song about the 1966 Florence, Italy floods (fifty straight days of rain breached the walls of the River Arno which runs through the city) set to BBC footage of cleaning up the aftermath, as people attempted to save some of the artwork stored in the lower levels of museums, churches and warehouses.
Thanks to YouTuber OnionFart (!) for the great job of putting this together.