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By on July 5, 2012, with 27 Comments

Leonardo 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?

  • Norm

    Fun stuff!

  • Stephen

    Brilliant. The simplicity of it is sheer genius!

  • Diane

    That is soooo Cooool Thanks ♥

  • cookie

    cool cat

  • Valerie

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

  • http://almostreadytogoamish.blogspot.com/ RN

    Very cool. would make a great font to use.

  • z2d4th

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

  • AmetuerAspirant

    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!

  • Care Bear

    Here’s looking at you, kid.

  • Rolando

    Nice pair of eyes

  • loki

    wow

  • WillTreaty

    Cool, I can see it.

  • Sakura

    Ooooooooooooooooo! Cool! I love the cat eyes!

  • Phil

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

  • eee efff geee

    This one just jumped out at me O_o Good work!

  • Weebo

    That’s a good one xD

  • R M Booker

    I like this alot, more similar would be excellent.

  • eric

    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

  • http://? owen

    I love it

  • Itty

    Love this one…simple and cool

  • ez

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

  • Maddie

    Wow….freaky, amazing, spooky…WOW!

  • Kandi Kondisi

    …woah

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    Meow!

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    Oh… i see it now…

  • http://yahoo.com leizen

    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

  • gopeb888

    Oh yeah! I see it too! Pretty good!

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