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Anamorphosis is a visual illusion technique used in art, design, and architecture, where an image or object appears distorted or unrecognizable from most viewing angles but resolves into a coherent form when viewed from a specific vantage point or through a special device. This technique relies on the manipulation of perspective, often employing oblique or curved surfaces to create the illusion. Historically, anamorphosis gained prominence during the Renaissance, with artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Hans Holbein the Younger incorporating it into their works. In the 17th century, anamorphic art became popular in Europe, with intricate designs adorning the ceilings and walls of churches and palaces. The technique has since evolved and found applications in various fields, from street art and advertising to cinema and user experience design. Anamorphic designs can range from simple distortions of letters or shapes to complex, realistic images that seem to leap off the surface when viewed from the correct perspective. The use of anamorphosis challenges viewers' perceptions and invites them to engage with the artwork or design actively, making it an effective tool for capturing attention, conveying messages, and creating immersive experiences.

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John Armstrong

CITATION : "John Armstrong. 'Anamorphosis.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on July 16, 2024)"

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