It’s not so scary skull optical illusions!
The skull optical illusion is an ambiguous drawing.
“When viewed from afar the image appears as a human skull. But, there is another aspect of these images when viewed closely.”
The image of the skull is formed by two people facing each other or the reflection of a person in a vanity mirror.
Skull optical illusion is a type of memento mori:
♥ An art that has a human skull as a focal point is called memento mori.
♥ In Latin: memento mori means “remember you will die”.
♥ The art symbolically reminds death is inevitable that is humans are mortal.
In the late 19th and early 20th century the skull optical illusion was very popular in France. It was used in advertisements, posters and postcards.
Here, is a collection of vintage posters, postcards and magazine cover depicting the skull optical illusion:
The Most Famous Skull Optical Illusion
♥ In all is vanity poster, a pretty girl is sitting in front of her vanity table. In another aspect, her reflection on mirror completes another picture that is of a skull.
♥ The title “all is vanity” is inspired from the biblical phrase:
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2 KJV
The book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible is written by King Solomon. In that book, he ponders the vanities of the world.
♥ The title of the poster “all is vanity” is ironical as it shows a woman sitting before the vanity table and doing makeup, which is also a vanity.
♥ “All is vanity” is the most famous skull optical illusion.
Couple Themed Skull Optical Illusions
Skull Optical Illusions In Vintage Magazine Cover
Life Themed Skull Optical Illusions
Social Evil Themed Skull Optical Illusions
Child Themed Skull Optical Illusions
The vintage skull optical illusion having children as a subject, had following titles:
- THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF LIFE
- THEN AND NOW
- LIFE AND DEATH
- LIFE IS JUST A GAME OF DOLLS
Isn’t it scary, how people used innocent kids in skull optical illusion, especially for ads!