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By on April 25, 2006, with 24 Comments

Jean de Dinterville was a French nobleman who came to England as an ambassador in the 1530. He was one of the two people shown in a famous painting by Holbein – he is the figure on the left. This picture is famous partly for the strange object at the bottom of the picture – it is actually an anamorphic image of a skull, but you have to look almost from the edge of the canvas for this to become apparent. The skull can be seen as a reminder that we are mortal, and that life is fleeting. Am not sure if it works, gonna try it now! I would appreciate you guys comment this one, so we can discuss the effect. Basically this should work in a way 3D Sidewalk Chalk Drawings 1, 2, 3, 4 and Wonderfull Murals 1, 2 work.



  • Pembo

    yes it works, i saw this picture years ago in blackpool pleasure beach,
    im sick of this picture though, i had to copy it during my art lessons

  • Jake

    that same skull is on the fron os Green Day’s Insomniac CD cover/book when it is fully opened!!!!

  • entefailedmen

    If you cross your eyes, and focus on their eyes you se a new man and face, your head has to be at such a level so as that there eyes meet perfectly horizontal

  • Hai

    i sorta see it but not really

  • kristen

    idunno what to say

  • Spenca

    I saw the skull when I first looked at it, but I can’t look at it at the right angle to see the full skull.

  • Pandas

    me neither. how do u do it?

  • charly girl

    Yeah you really do have to be almost horizontal with the canvas.

    The artist painted this with the intention of hanging it on the wall of the stairs. So as you walked down the stairs and glanced at the painting you saw the skull, a fleeting image of death, ironic contrast with the ‘fleeting image’ of life.

  • Lauren

    I saw this painting at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Sq, London. The skull appears very 3-d and huge when you look from the bottom corner (but the museum guards don’t let you get too close). Pretty impossible to appreciate on this small-screen version.

  • Annoyedteen

    yes it works I see it but it’s not that impressive.

  • Anonymous

    that is kinda cool, only i couldnt see the skull totally because i have a flat screen and it turns funny colors on when i go to far to the side, but i still can see what it would look like thats cool

  • Maestro

    hey, i saw this thing on the Big Bang once

  • Anonymous

    I think this only works on the canvas, since computers did not exist back then.

  • Anonymous

    i can see it if i look from the very bottom left corner of my computer screen.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t get how to do it.
    oh well

  • Robert

    is it the thing on the ground? and if it is i still cnt see it cus i hav a laptop and when u look at it from the side the screen always goes kind of negative…

  • Anonymous

    i had to do this in art a few years ago, now its not so amazing but when it was drawn ages ago it must have been very good

  • http://www.umbreonsshadowisland.webs.com Umbreon985

    Its interesting…death and deception…

  • Emma

    Yes it works. i saw it once in one of my history classes

  • kittykatsexaddic

    all i see is a skull its not even that cool!!

  • http://www.blogatoy.com blogatoy

    nope i know it’s suppose to be a skull but i don’t see it…maybe i need to see the orginal in person. ^^

  • lisa

    this is retarted. i dont see anything. this isnt even an illusion. you guys suck

  • Mary Cat

    It works. I went over this in Art History. It helps to have an actually 3D replica…

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