Double Vision

In a post yesterday I played a little bit with perspectives. It was a simple line drawing. If you looked at it one way, you would see a duck, but if you looked at it another way, it looked like a rabbit.

That reminded me of one of my favorite “double vision” works of art.

27ED3359-E1CA-4AEB-80EA-789A1E6DF8BCRaise your hand if you’ve seen this before.

This 1892 drawing, called “All is Vanity,” is the work of American illustrator Charles Allan Gilbert. It employs a double image (or visual pun) showing a woman admiring herself in a mirror while sitting at a vanity. But when viewed from a distance, it appears to be a human skull.

What do you see when you look at it? I see a woman sitting at her vanity, but if I take my glasses off, I see a skull.

Hmm. Maybe I should have titled this post “Poor Vision.”

17 thoughts on “Double Vision

  1. ArtisanX July 6, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Saw the lady in the skull eye at first glance. Upon 2nd viewing saw the skull. And when I relaxed I saw the vanity. Really started to mess with my vision. 😛

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      • ArtisanX July 9, 2018 / 9:24 am

        Anything that messes with the mind is a winner (must be the psychological part of my mind)🧐

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  2. Relax... July 6, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    LOL, great — I’m the only one who saw two women playing chess? (Well, I also had to be told Aslan the Lion was a metaphor for Christ.) I love these things, though!

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    • Fandango July 6, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Hmm. Two women playing chess. Yeah, I see that…now that you mentioned it.

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  3. leigha66 July 8, 2018 / 11:34 pm

    I have seen this before – my sister has a framed print of it. I too can see both.

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