Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or view requiring the viewer to use special devices or move into a specific point to view the required image. “Ana – morphosis” comes from the Greek words meaning “formed again.”

Perspective and Mirror anamorphosis are the two main types of anamorphosis. Perspective anamorphosis dates back to the 15th Century, while Mirror anamorphosis occurred around the 17th Century.

Mirror anamorphosis (shown below) is when a conical or cylindrical mirror is placed on the drawing or painting to transform a flat distorted image into a three dimensional picture that can be viewed from many angles. The deformed image is painted on a plane surface surrounding the mirror. By looking into the mirror, the image is undeformed. During the 1600s and 1700s, this process of anamorphosis made it possible to diffuse erotic scenes and scenes of sorcery for a confidential public.


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