The history of anamorphoses goes way back to the Renaissance. Painters experimented with cylindrical and conical mirrors. They painted while looking in those mirrors and produced something barely recognizable. To see the painting you had to use a mirror with the same shape.
In this image, a drawing of M.C. Escher is hidden in a very special way. You must put a cylindrical mirror on the well, in the reflection you can see the face of Escher. This way of drawing is called an anamophosis. Derived :The well explanation Number of ratings : 33.
This is a famous painting with a lot of hidden symbolism and meanings. The most eye-catching and intriguing is the warped skull in the front of the painting (the gray stripe). A lot has been written about the meaning of this skull, it is said to be a symbol of the mortality of man. You would have to look at it from a very sharp angle to see the skull. Derived :Holbein's skull revealed Number of ratings : 22.
Actually this is a deformation. The landscape served as cover for the book "The Mysterious Island" from Jules Verne. If you place a cylindrical mirror at the top of the landscape, you can see the face of Verne himself ! Number of ratings : 13.
This one is really great. When you look at this picture from 1538, you notice a man and a woman to the left, and a somewhat strange landscape to the right. When you held the original and looked at it from the right, in a very sharp angle, you saw the couple doing a little more than kissing. Derived :Distortion explained Number of ratings : 8.
This is a well known example of an anamorphosis. The image seems to show some strange landscapes with coastlines, ships and villages. If you look at the image at a low angle from the left you can see the portraits of Charles V, Ferdinand I Pope Paul III and Francis I. Derived :Vexierbild explanation Number of ratings : 6.