[Cu12] Anamorphosis

AUTHOR: James Stopps

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CROSSLINKS:

Database:
[Ec11]  [Cu11]
[Ed55]
Prototypes:
[BeN]
Scenario Games: Action Plan:

External:
wiki - anamorphosis
national - the ambassadors

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ACTORS/AGENTS
Holbein the younger; Leonardo Da Vinci; Road Markings; Signage
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DESCRIPTION
Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective that requires the observer to move to a particular location for the image to be properly perceived.  Ana - morphosis translates from Greek as ‘formed again’.
Distorting an object’s perspective within a painting became a particular interest of a number of rennaisance artists including Da Vinci.  The most famous example of its use is in Holbein the younger’s painting ‘The Ambassadors’ where a distorted skull is positioned between the two figures acting as a reminder of mortality in a context of affluency.  Andrea Pozzo’s fresco on the soffit of the Church of St. Ignazio uses anamorphic techniques to give the observer the impression that he is beneath a domed roof when in fact the ceiling is flat.
Today the most common use of these techniques are in advertising and road signage where lettering and images are stretched and distorted to be read from a particular vantage point.
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RESEARCH AGENDA
To investigate the use of perspective to generate key localizations of imagery and masks