Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. You may have seen this technique used in art, and more recently in some clever viral marketing by Apple: the old techniques employed by Hans Holbein as early as 1533 are being dusted off and used to create some amazing illusions.
Many thanks to brusspup who has put together this playlist of 10 amazing anamorphic illusions
When German Renaissance painter Hans Holbein painted The Ambassadors, his wanted to challenge the viewer to literally see the painting from a different point of view. Critics suggest that the skull dominates the centre of the painting to represent the Renaissance view of the omnipotence of death, but also its mystery.
Here is how the skull looks when viewed from the right angle (if you’re in London, check it out yourself at the National Gallery):
One wonders what Holbein would make of the techniques used today…
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