Definition of anamorphosis in English:

anamorphosis

nounPlural anamorphoses

  • 1A distorted projection or drawing which appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.

    • ‘In these pages the ‘rude mechanicals’ are revealed, and the landscape suffers under their repetitious and certain anamorphoses.’
    • ‘Each has its own angle, as the phrase goes, or slant - the calculated warp or distortion of a perspective; they are, in effect, more like anamorphoses than representations of the object to which they are applied.’
    • ‘The slender figures, warped by an obscure anamorphosis, have been salvaged from the darkness, retrieved and figured.’
    • ‘Although, the famous anamorphosis of the skull in the foreground of the London painting is a surpassing paradox, it carries essentially the same message of a world turned upside down as Henry Patensen's unsettling gaze.’
    • ‘It is easy to read the death's head in The Ambassadors purely as an exercise in negation, particularly since the anamorphosis so unsettles one's sense of reality.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The process by which anamorphic images are produced.
      • ‘Recognising the fluidity and occasional capriciousness of perception, Leonardo delighted in it, contriving not only rebuses or visual puns, but also optical illusions and even demonstrations of anamorphosis.’
      • ‘In searching for alternatives to Socialist Realism, he became interested in anamorphosis and in the art of the mentally ill.’
      • ‘Indeed, a Double Head of a Fool from a century later by Jacob van der Heyden shows that fools, too, could be subjects of anamorphosis.’
      • ‘If the anamorphosis produces the result of obscuring, prohibiting the frontal view of the work, the execution process requires the rigor of construction.’
      • ‘A torsion typical of anamorphosis twists the image, crumples it and alters it, attempting to introduce the eccentrical into the field of view.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Greek anamorphōsis ‘transformation’, from ana- ‘back, again’ + morphosis ‘a shaping’ (from morphoun ‘to shape’, from morphē ‘shape, form’).

Pronunciation

anamorphosis

/ˌanəˈmɔːfəsɪs/