Anamorphism in Art

Hello guys. Today I will be switching my view from Jerusalem to art, specifically illusion art. First check out this video below:

Pretty cool, isn’t it? This in art science is called anamorphism. Anamorphism is when a projection of an object is distorted, but when you are at a certain angle, the image is reconstituted. For example, in the video above, the Rubik cube on paper is a planar projection of the actual Rubik cube. You first begin looking at this projection which makes it seem as if the actual Rubik cube was there. This is the point of view when the image is reconstituted. However, as the projection is turned around, it doesn’t seem like the actual Rubik cube anymore.

What you just saw is perspectival anamorphism. A cooler type is mirror anamorphism. It’s hard to describe this, but it is pretty much the same concepts with the exception of having to involve a mirror. Check out this video to see what I mean:

Well, of course, instead of just saying ooh and aah, I wanted to know the science behind it. However, I discovered it was not science, but geometry that was behind all this. Check this webpage: Descriptive Geometry and Anamorphis (link).

Well, hope it’s interesting. That’s all for today.


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