OPTICAL ILLUSIONS. ANAMORPHOSIS.

     Anamorphosis in the visual arts - type of an optical illusion in which the installation, sculpture or image on the plane constructed in such a way that the complete vision is only possible under a specific angle.

   One of the earliest well-known, anamorphic works is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger "The Ambassadors" (1533). In the foreground shows a human skull, which can be seen only at a certain angle. 

Anamorphosis. Hans Holbein the Younger The Ambassadors
Anamorphosis. Hans Holbein the Younger The Ambassadors


     Anamorphosis techniques are widely used since the 16th century in ceiling paintings of the premises for creating the illusion of leaving up the space above the heads of people. Anamorphosis ideas were further developed with the advent of digital photography and computer modeling.

INSTALLATIONS  BY  BERNARD  PRAS  


     French artist Bernard Pras creates installations of famous paintings and portraits of celebrities, using a variety of subjects. Shapeless heaps of things that are scattered in large halls, transformed into artworks when the astonished spectators turn out in the "right place."


 
STREET  ART  BY  JULIAN  BEEVER

     English artist Julian Beever creates a three-dimensional chalk drawings on the sidewalks of cities around the world.   

Julian Beever. Street art. The paintings on the pavement

Julian Beever. Street art. The paintings on the pavement


Julian Beever. Street art. The paintings on the pavement

Julian Beever. Street art. The paintings on the pavement



CYLINDRICAL  MIRRORS  BY  AVTAR  SINGH  VIRDI


     Abstract paintings by Indian Awtar Singh Virdi become recognizable portraits that can be seen only from one angle in a cylindrical mirror, placed in a specific location of the artwork.  

Anamorphosis. Avtar Singh Virdi. Self-Portrait
Avtar Singh Virdi
"Self-Portrait"

Anamorphosis. Avtar Singh Virdi. Rabindranath Tagore
Avtar Singh Virdi
"Rabindranath Tagore"
Anamorphosis. Avtar Singh Virdi. Mother Teresa
Avtar Singh Virdi
"Mother Teresa"

Anamorphosis. Avtar Singh Virdi. Svami Vivekananda
Avtar Singh Virdi
"Svami Vivekananda"
    
ANAMORPHOSIS  IN  GALLERIES  AND  ON  THE TABLE.

     In 2012, Guangzhou (China) was successfully held exhibition of anamorphic paintings by 15 South Korean artists "2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition". Painted shadows and certain points of view create the impression 3D paintings and audience participation in the formation of compositions created an additional effect of realism.

"2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition". Anamorphic paintigs
"2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition"

"2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition". Anamorphic paintigs
"2012 Magic Art Special Exhibition"
     
     Dutch artist Ramon Bruin draws with pencil on sheets of A4 paper. The author adds to his drawings such items, through which the audience is difficult understand where the real world ends and fantasy world begins.

Anamorposis. Ramon Bruin. Happy Serpents New Year!
Ramon Bruin
"Happy Serpents New Year!"
Anamorposis. Ramon Bruin. Caterpillar
Ramon Bruin
"Caterpillar"
    


Materials on the subject:
1. Free Press. That's creative!
2. Illusion. Anamorphosis.
3. You Tube. Hans Holbein the Younger. The Ambassadors.

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