|Welcome to the World of Illusion Painting!
Most of what you see, with the exception of some Italian plasters, is illusion.
Nothing is what it seems to be.
If it looks like marble, stone, metal, wood, etc., it is not.
If it looks old, distressed, cracked or broken, it is not so.
Everything is created with paint or plaster.
Even most of the gilding is done with artificial gold.
Faux Painting saves money and weight; cheats time by creating old, cracked, or oxidized looks; and creates nonexistent, fantasy stones, woods and skins, or those no longer available.