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Assignment of the day: first of all download.. errrm… buy Aretha Franklin’s song “A Rose is Still a Rose” to get you in the mood, and then look at the optical illusion below. Rose is popular motive in literature, art and romance. Well, optical illusions are tightly connected with art. The image below belongs to “Multiple Meanings” category, and that is only hint you’ll get from me. Look at the image, observe it, and try to figure why it’s an optical illusion in it’s nature. If you noticed, the style is very similar to What Do You See Illusion and Autumn Motives. Probably they all came from the same artist. I believe there were few more similar ones posted in the past, but I can’t recall them. Use the search box in the sidebar if you wish, after you download Fergie ringtones from the bottom of the site :P

A Rose is Still a Rose


113 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    i like that i think its kool!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love how subtle that is! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    jepp, that is cool.. I like it

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sweet! :-X

  5. Andrew says:

    I see the face .. I see the face…oh errrmmm nope i dont i see a shoe…. i see a rose in a window backed onto a church looking thing… MMMmm what could it be …Nope i am lost Rose on a windows with an old building thingy…Nope i have lost it…

  6. Happy Steve says:

    nice. i like how the wooden frame around picture is also an impossible object.

    Plus the leaves and even the stem goes beyond the picture.

  7. Anonymous says:

    the image name gives it away :P
    But before I saw that I still found it and thought it was good.

  8. Rosina says:

    I shouldnt ruin it. But that is clever.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Kewl ;)

  10. Anonymous says:

    nice this is interesting if you dont get it you can make it larger and read the title of the site….

  11. Anonymous says:

    “La vie en rose” In french it means “Pink Life”

  12. Ryan says:

    Didn’t notice it at first, then it just jumped out at me just after loading it. Can’t stop seeing it now. Very nice.

  13. Orange cat says:

    Yes, I like it too.
    Flower will wither, die before long.
    So love will….
    It reminds me of those old beautiful days.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I like how the frame is an Impossible Square too! I also really like the subtleness, as Anon said earlier!

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  16. Cameron says:

    Nice. I found it right away. It is really subtle.

  17. Heather says:

    definitely awesome. i like it a lot.

  18. Mahfoud says:

    lot of illusions at the same time, really smart!i love it!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I like the multiple illusions in this one…I noticed the frame first and then saw the shoes and had to look for more from there.

  20. Millo says:

    It’s pure love, i think that the couple kissing its a good symbolism

  21. Lin (boggart girl) says:

    I think I see it!!! That’s lovely.

  22. Anonymous says:

    i saw it after like 3 seconds i was like omg thats really nice..

  23. Anonymous says:

    I got this one right away which is surprising because usually it takes me forever. I love these

  24. Anonymous says:

    omg! i see the two people… i am not gonna give it away

  25. Vern says:

    I quickly saw the illusion in the rose. Nice and subtle. And then I noticed that the frame itself is an impossible object. Cool.

  26. Victor says:

    Wow!! Yes!! I saw it!! It’s cool!

  27. Michael says:

    very cool

  28. Aria says:

    eeeewwwwwww!!! lol. but still a good illusion.

  29. tigger64131 says:

    That is a really cool illusion. I caught it pretty fast though.

  30. SwiftSilentRKS says:

    I first noticed the shoes which gave it away! Cool though!

  31. SwiftSilentRKS says:

    I first noticed the shoes, that gave it away. Clever I might Add.

  32. Anonymous says:

    wow thats reeli good! i never woulda seen that if this wasnt an illusion site

  33. Anonymouse says:

    It’s easy to see, but it’s still a nice ilusion.

  34. =P says:

    there are many other things going on than just the people in the rose. the rose itself is a picture, yet the stem and the leaves extend beyond the paper. also, both the frame and the arch in the background are impossible objects. very cool.

  35. Graybaka says:

    geeze, that’s preatty cool

  36. Kalthia says:

    Very subtle, and sweet.. :)

  37. Shane says:

    apart from the obvious dimension changes in the fore and background (ie-the flower leaves are over the wooden part and bend with the page), you can see that the woman inscribed in the flower has stripped shoes and stockings to get to the guy there too. its good!

  38. Anonymous says:

    It’s very obvious, i saw it in a manner of seconds

  39. Anonymous says:

    Kindda cool. I think that was So So.

    That’s a great painting, the illusion is very easy though, but nice work by the artist.

  40. Cyndi says:

    that is so romantic. nice job!

  41. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s really creative, romantic and lovely

  42. Anonymous says:

    cool 5 anonimis in a row

  43. bmak says:

    I love the very M.C. Escher-esque border in addition to the “inner-beauty”

  44. Ellie says:

    Oh that’s awesome. And really pretty. :) Normally i find them a bit tricky but i got it quite quick, it was subtle but there were some clues too – which was good. Like a bit of a trail.

  45. Terrapaw says:

    That’s an amazing one! At first it’s just a rose throughh a window, then the rose has the two people kissing, then it looks like it’s peeling of like a framed picture! And if you look carefully at the the top windowsil/frame it’s an impossible rectange sorta thing too.

  46. Anonymous says:


  47. Snowman25 says:

    That’s a cool Border ^^

  48. danyboy says:

    Pas mal !

  49. Anonymous says:

    ok, the frame is an impossible object.
    But I don’t know where the multiple meaning is.

  50. Anonymous says:

    La vie en rose … life in a rose.

  51. Himself says:

    That is just too disgustingly beautiful.
    That woeman flips off her shoes…, stripes off her nylons…, and embraces her lover…, naked.
    Well…, at least it may be a man…, this time.
    Absolutely wonderful.
    We want/need more.

  52. tarsha52 says:

    its soo cute and it works well to

    hint for those stuck: look for two people (kissing) xD

  53. Anonymous says:

    Nice, impossible objects (frame and twist on background arch), illusions of 3 dimensions and hidden images (I noticed the fallen petals weren’t fallen petals first, then thought of why there’d be shoes and discarded stockings before looking back to the rose, which had looked slightly odd to start with) all combined.

  54. Anjo Mestre - From Brazil says:

    Old… but cool.

  55. art says:

    i have that in that book with the tree men.
    ps u havent herd from me in a while :D

  56. Anonymous says:

    i like it very much – cool!

  57. Xunto says:

    Very cool!
    Once you see the man and woman, you don’t see the rose…

  58. Anonymous says:

    There´s actually (at least) two illusions at play here… Makes me wonder if there´s more. Anybody?

  59. Anonymous says:

    i saw them!! nice one

  60. Anonymous says:

    Not very challenging, but very beautiful!

  61. Anonymous says:

    very romantic

  62. Anonymous says:

    Wow, that´s awesome, I saw it after two seconds. I didn´t spot the hidden tiger or the face in the rocks, this is much simpler.

    Whew, I really thought that this site was going downhill, but that´s brilliant:)

  63. Anonymous says:

    wow, thats awesome. i like it alot as well.

  64. rheijnen says:

    Very beautiful!

  65. Anonymous says:

    really like this one!!

  66. Anonymous says:

    wow took me a few looks at it and then they couple appeared. Need a clue ????
    Try looking at the petals!!!

  67. Alex says:

    nice took me a while need a clue look at the petals!!!

  68. KernowBoy says:

    that is good – quite easy to work out… but very good.

    i like it

  69. Anonymous says:

    cool, there is a man and a woman kissing inside the rose.

  70. Anonymous says:

    people, this is sick. what is the world coming to? one sick-minded artist…

  71. Paul says:

    It’s very romantic…
    Everybody say aaaahhh! lol

  72. Anonymous says:

    Yeh the two people makin love inthe middle of therose ini? i dunt see no shoe tho i just see the two people gettin it on!

  73. md says:

    I like this illusion,u 2

  74. Anonymous says:

    That is a verily pretty illusion. I like it. I saw it quickly, but more illusions should be like this. It is really very cool.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Every rose has its thorn.
    Just like every night has its dawn.
    Just like every cowboy sings a sad, sad song

  76. Anonymous says:

    I love it. It’s very sweet, subtle, and romantic.

  77. Anonymous says:

    what a wonderful illusion, or is it?

  78. crazy cindy says:

    that is a beautiful and telling illusion ;)

  79. Anonymous says:

    Uh…. it looks like two people doing something really weird…..

  80. Kathleen says:

    La Vie en Rose was the title of a recent movie about the life of Edith Piaf, a French singer who was famous especially in the 40s and 50s. It is also the title of one of her most famous songs, which is what you should listen to. This poster is particularly appropriate to her life, which was one of passion and oddities.

  81. Anonymous says:

    i see two people kissing in the rose!!

  82. Laine says:

    Made me smile.

    I love it.

  83. alexandra14 says:

    it’s an illusion bcuz the paper is separated in the frame and the rose’s leaves are out of the frame… there is a shoe… then the stemm of the rose is out of the wooden frame

  84. Mary says:

    I love this painting! I’d really like to get a print of it…who is the artist? thanks!

  85. Anonymous says:

    what’s cool.. is that her shoes have fallen to the bottom of the pictures and her scarf is hanging.

  86. Anonymous says:

    That is so neat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Anonymous says:

    Two kissing people, shoes and stockings…. cute :)

  88. e-noRm says:

    Nice one – the rose is a kissing couple.

  89. Anonymous says:

    e-noRm – i think they’re doing a little more than just kissing if you get my drift….. but its still really sweet and romantic

  90. Anonymous says:

    i c a man and a woman kissing. if u look at all the petals exept for the very bottom ones u will c it. (hint : the woman is on the left) i like it yay

  91. Anonymous says:

    Holy moley! I can see it! Its kinda weird for a 6th grader!

  92. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen this one before, if I could find a poster of it somewhere, I’d buy it in an instant. One of my favorites, for sure!

  93. Anonymous says:

    In the rose you see a female and a male kissing each other.
    possibly naked. hahaha

  94. Adam says:

    Wow! I needed a while to finally see that rose

  95. jellyfishie says:

    Really well done. *clapclapclap*

  96. Kate The Cat says:

    They couldn’t wait long enough for the artist to paint them… XD

  97. Delishia Harding says:

    not very challengng

  98. kardonred says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a print or poster of this optical illusion? I would love to have a print of it. thanks. :)

  99. Jez says:

    awww…thats cute

  100. theEgg says:

    Oh yuck!

  101. Anonymous says:

    Why are they having sex?

  102. zina says:

    they are kissing

  103. Lillian Ly says:

    It gets clearer after a while. It’s a picture frame or something, not a window.

  104. pokemon boy1 says:

    like a tree-sex (like a g-6! i had to make that joke)

  105. Abob says:

    Actually, theres another illusion in there. Look again, and then you can check below.

    The window/picture frame is impossible. Look at the top. it curves somewhere near the middle, probably undeer the sign…
    But if the sign wasnt ther, it would be impossible

  106. cutsie says:

    i <3 it!

  107. Now artist uses roses for romantic reasons. It’s kind of sweet when you look at it. Call me a hopeless romantic. LOL!!!

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