Zeuxis

(2 syl.), a Grecian painter, is said to have painted some grapes so well that the birds came and pecked at them.

Een as poor birds, deceived with painted grapes,
Do surfeit by the eye, and pine the maw.

Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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