Dancing Snakes, Optic Nerves, and Art

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These are not gifs or videos. So why do they look like they’re moving..?? 

 

On a related note, great artists are able to create illusions of reality (and unreality!) using all types of media, such as paint, clay, metal, pixels, or pencils.

Whether it’s the hyper-realism of someone like Paul Cadden (that’s a drawing!)

 

… a surrealist painter like Emmy Bridgwater,

 

 

 

 

 

…or an impressionist like Monet, artists look to interpret and recreate reality through their work. You could say they were creating a type of optical illusion.

Want to see more? Come check out how some of the masters created their work in a new book, An Eye for Art, by the National Gallery of Art.

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