Descartes (2006)


acrylic on canvas, 812mm x 304mm

This is the first of two anamorphic paintings recently completed. This one is of René Descartes, the 17th Century philosopher and mathematician, most famous for his conclusion in The Meditations on First Philosophy of ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’ – which roughly translates as ‘I’m thinking, therefore I am’.

To view the portrait in its ‘correct’ perspective requires squinting at it from the edge – the animation below shows the effect.

1 Comment

  • sacha says:

    if this painting and I were travelling along parallel lines, and I was observing it out of a side window, at what speed would the space occupied by the canvas distort sufficiently to see Descartes represented normally?

    just wondering.

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