One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A distorted projection or drawing which appears normal when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In these pages the ‘rude mechanicals’ are revealed, and the landscape suffers under their repetitious and certain anamorphoses.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1mass noun The process by which anamorphic images are produced.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A torsion typical of anamorphosis twists the image, crumples it and alters it, attempting to introduce the eccentrical into the field of view.’
- ‘In searching for alternatives to Socialist Realism, he became interested in anamorphosis and in the art of the mentally ill.’
- ‘If the anamorphosis produces the result of obscuring, prohibiting the frontal view of the work, the execution process requires the rigor of construction.’
Early 18th century: from Greek anamorphōsis ‘transformation’, from ana- ‘back, again’ + morphosis ‘a shaping’ (from morphoun ‘to shape’, from morphē ‘shape, form’).
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