The whole facade of this 16 century building at the harbor of Genoa is in reality a mural. It is done so clever that even close with your eyes on the facade it is difficult to see. From all the old buildings in Genoa 9 out of 10 have such facades or a part of it is tromp-l'oeil. This technic was already used by the ancient greeks and romans. This building is called Palazzo San Giorgio and you are seeing a 16 century increase of a middle age building from 1260 which hold the government of that time. The facade painting from Lazzaro Tavarone (1606-1608) was discovered in 1990 during an renovation . The building contains now the offices of the harbor authorities.
I hope that with this shot you can see that it is really painted. If you go look for it you find this kind of technic on and in a lot of buildings in Italy. I dedicate this post to monday murals here .