It’s not so scary skull optical illusions!
The skull 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 illusion is 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 century to early 20th century the skull illusion was very popular in France. It was used in advertisements in posters and postcards.
Here, is a collection of vintage posters, postcards and magazine cover depicting the skull illusion:
Origin Of Skull Illusion
One of the versions of the oldest skull illusion. Its origin is believed to be Germany.
Most Famous Skull Illusion
- 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 was written by King Solomon. In that book, the writer has written about the vanities of the world which he pondered by getting inspiration from the Holy God.
- The title of the poster “all is vanity” is ironical as it shows a woman sitting before the vanity table and doing make up, which is also a vanity.
- All is vanity is the most famous skull illusion.
Couple Themed Skull Illusion
Skull Illusion In Vintage Magazine Cover
Life Themed Skull Illusion
Social-Evil Themed Skull Illusion
Child Themed Skull Optical Illusions
The vintage skull illusion having children as 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 illusion especially for ads!