The Ambassadors by Holbein

The Ambassadors (1533), by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8 - 1543)
The Ambassadors (1533), by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8 - 1543)

The Ambassadors by Holbein is a famous example of Anamorphosis. Do you see the strange object on the floor? Close your left eye, put your face close to the computer screen near the right side of the picture. You will then see a skull! If you can't get it to work, you can cheat and look at a picture of it.

As you can imagine, there are lots of web sites devoted to this picture. Here are some of the better ones.


Helmer Aslaksen
Department of Mathematics
National University of Singapore
helmer.aslaksen@gmail.com

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