ANAMORPHOSIS: An art form where the image is greatly distorted, appearing only from a specific vantage point or upon reflection in a cylindrical mirror (or reflecting cones and pyramids). The painting (by Julian Beever) on the pavement is fragmented and meaningless to most viewers. But find the sweet spot, and Whoa! A giant snail appears to crawl on the city bench. (www.julianbeever.net)
• Leonardo da Vinci is thought to have made the first anamorphic drawing in 1485, at a time when Renaissance artists were experimenting with perspective (Leonardo’s Eye -Illusion). Hidden images conveyed dangerous political statements, heretical ideas, and even erotic images.
• The Ambassadors: A famous example is the 1533 painting by Hans Holbein called “The Ambassadors”. When viewed from an extreme angle, a smudge at the bottom in an otherwise conventional painting reveals itself to be a grinning skull. Hans_Holbein the younger_The Ambassadors (amazing skull )
What does it mean? Holbein’s skull – Part one | Paintings | The National Gallery, London
• Medusa’s Head pays homage to the legend of Perseus, who could only look upon the snake headed monster in the reflection of his shield: http://www.moillusions.com/2011/12/an-anamorphic-medusa-painting.html
What are your favorites in illusory art?
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Forgot to add, examples seen with cylindrical mirror: Anamorphic Illusion Art
By far and away the best of these I have seen so far!
Very awesome indeed.
Thanks Rajini Rao 🙂
You are welcome, Fred Gandt . I had to restrain myself with only a few examples..they are so cool 🙂
If you wanted to post a few more, I think people would enjoy it.
I have a copy of the Hans Holbein’s “Ambassadors” _skull painting_ in a book right beside me (now on my lap).
I didn’t even notice the skull until a friend pointed it out.
I kind of skipped over it as the style is not my cup of tea.
Strangest thing is how oddly modern the skull looks compared to the rest of the picture.
I think it may be because only in the last 30 years have we got used to seeing images distorted like that so accurately (via CG and Photoshopping etc.), so it appears almost superimposed.
It’s actually really weird!
Love the snail though 🙂
Fred Gandt I read somewhere that the painting was hung on the wall alongside a staircase, so perhaps the skull would pop into view only on a particular step. Also, did you notice there is a crucifix or something in the upper left behind the drapes?
Sharing one of my favourite painting for no other reason that I love it!
Nothing at all to do with the current subject (other than art of course).
I can’t see an obvious crucifix on the (relatively small) print I have here.
The angle to see the skull is very steep. The correct angle is definitely from below left or above right, so being hung in a stairwell would make sense.
Nothing helpful in the book’s description.
See here:Holbein’s skull – Part one | Paintings | The National Gallery, London
LOL. My book cropped it out!
Awesome study material 😉
Here’s a cool image of a tiger painted on the bodies of three models! Posted by Tom Lee : https://plus.google.com/u/0/114352415294077760776/posts/Co6fbdaVTKi
That’s what I read too, Scott Hatch . Modern versions use street art rather than cylindrical mirrors to the same effect.
Unless they happen to be Amour d’escargots! Caution, snail porn: microcosmos – Snails of beauty High Quality
Sublime slime 🙂
Wondering how many people sit on that portion of the bench, especially if they understand the image. (slime) 🙂
they are on a slippery slope
Cheryl Ann MacDonald, Psy’D. , once seen, it cannot be unseen! LOL, Deepa Ramasamy ! My brain is working at a snails’ pace to counter.
You slug a bug, Feisal Kamil
Yes sticky business indeed!
it should be very horable experience!
Hi rajini , its nice
I’ve seen the pavement drawings that get very realistic from the right angle – the swimming pool and such – but those are neve quite this distorted. This is really awesome, thanks Rajini Rao.
Nice ILLUSION ; )
ats so cool i mean a never seen this kind of paint
place is very beautiful
I am deeply fascinated by such works of Art. Do keep posting similar installations.
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