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The painting makes use of a stage act that uses illusion to deceive the audience and the title is taken from Plato’s famous allegory. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a concept devised by the philosopher to ruminate on the nature of belief versus knowledge. The allegory states that there exist prisoners chained together in a cave. Behind the prisoners is a fire, and between the fire and the prisoners are people carrying puppets or other objects. This casts a shadow on the other side of the wall. The prisoners watch these shadows, believing them to be real.
In stage acts, figures appear and disappear, as in life and the painting explores this idea of deception magic and what is real.
Magic, illusion, theatre, stage act,figures conjuring,
Size: H:40 cm x W:60 cm