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Black Cat Optical IllusionLeonardo da Vinci was perhaps the most universal genius of all time. He was an Italian draftsman, painter, sculptor, architect and engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. One of his favorite maxims (often quoted by Steve Jobs) was:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Todays picture isn’t something you should relate to Leonardo, yet the illusion is so simple, it makes you wonder how the unknown artist achieved such an extraordinary effect with nothing but mere letters. Look what happens if we rotate his “Black Cat” signature 90 degrees? With just two inverted “C’s” you get an impression black cat is staring at you! Spooky, isn’t it?

Black Cat Optical Illusion

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27 Responses
  1. Norm says:

    Fun stuff!

  2. Stephen says:

    Brilliant. The simplicity of it is sheer genius!

  3. Diane says:

    That is soooo Cooool Thanks ♥

  4. cookie says:

    cool cat

  5. Valerie says:

    Fantastic! It always amazes me how things that are so simple can have such a magnificent effect.

  6. RN says:

    Very cool. would make a great font to use.

  7. z2d4th says:

    i try to invert the color and you can’t imagine it’s a cat

  8. AmetuerAspirant says:

    I’m ashamed to admit i didn’t notice the eyes until they were pointed out to me.
    although i don’t really care for you saying da Vinci was the greatest inventor, because as well as the fact that there could have been many other unrecognized geniuses that never got the chance to use their talents, like someone stuck as a farmer his whole life, “genius” is such an ambiguous term that nobody has really figured out the exact definition of it, and really has more to do with creativity than intelligence.
    long winded, but the illusion is excellent!

  9. Care Bear says:

    Here’s looking at you, kid.

  10. Rolando says:

    Nice pair of eyes

  11. WillTreaty says:

    Cool, I can see it.

  12. Sakura says:

    Ooooooooooooooooo! Cool! I love the cat eyes!

  13. Phil says:

    ok that is a nice one, simple, and works great

  14. eee efff geee says:

    This one just jumped out at me O_o Good work!

  15. Weebo says:

    That’s a good one xD

  16. R M Booker says:

    I like this alot, more similar would be excellent.

  17. eric says:

    Meh… we’re programmed to expect to see faces
    you know the form – you see part and fill in the rest
    Props to Leonardo though – great quote

  18. Itty says:

    Love this one…simple and cool

  19. ez says:

    Is this really considered an optical illusion? Seems more like a graphic design gimmick, in my humble opinion.

  20. Maddie says:

    Wow….freaky, amazing, spooky…WOW!

  21. Kandi Kondisi says:

    …woah

  22. Ralph Lauren UK outlet online says:

    Oh… i see it now…

  23. leizen says:

    hei.. ahm actually i dont get it.. am I really that boo-boo brain? haha I’m so ashamed but honestly, I really cant get the impression of a black cat staring at me! Care to explain? thabnks

  24. gopeb888 says:

    Oh yeah! I see it too! Pretty good!

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