Illusion Confusion: The Wonderful World of Optical Deception

Illusion Confusion: The Wonderful World of Optical Deception

Thames & Hudson Ltd

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M. Baars, Paul 

A comprehensive survey of optical illusions including an astonishing range of images from ancient times to the present

People are fascinated by optical illusions. There is something intrinsically satisfying about static pictures that appear to move, change colour or fool us into seeing things that 'aren't really there'. This comprehensive survey of optical illusions includes an astonishing range of images from ancient times to the present.

Covering illusions of depth, inversions, vibration effects, ambiguous figures, camouflage, anamorphic art, tessellations and other brain-teasing illusions, it presents examples from psychology, the popular press, the decorative arts, contemporary street art and the fine arts. M. C. Escher, Picasso, Vasarely, Magritte, Liu Bolin, Jos de Mey and other artists are generously represented.

Table of Contents

Introduction • 1. Ancient Perspectives, Anamorphic Images, Murals & Camouflage • 2. Impossible Illusions in Perspective • 3. Upside-down Images • 4. Ambiguous Figures & Figure-Ground Illusions • 5. Colour-, Neon- & After-Effects and Static Movements & Vibrations • 6. Estimated Sizes, Image Distortions & Geometric Illusions • 7. Mathematical Patterns, Tessellations, Illusions of Depth & Distance

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