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Anamorphosis: Seek New Perspectives and Unlearn

Posted in Ambiguity, Arts, Perspective

To the right is a picture of Hans Holbein’s painting, The Ambassadors. Upon first glance, it doesn’t look like anything terrible special.

After further reflection, however, you may notice a strange figure near the bottom center of the painting.

You might be surprised to learn that it is a skull.

The skull can only be clearly seen when the painting is viewed from a sharp angle.

The painter employs a technique known as anamorphosis–meaning that the viewer must adopt a different perspective in order to reconstitute the image.

If we wish to remain open to unlearning, it is helpful to purposely distort our own perspective from time to time.

Why? Because you may just discover a hidden gem that has been hiding in plain sight.

Interested in some other art-inspired unlearning? Check out this older post:

Video Killed the Video Star



2 thoughts on “Anamorphosis: Seek New Perspectives and Unlearn”

  1. Paul says:

    Hi Jack
    I simply love dropping into this site from time to time and remain inspired. Talking about perspectives the schoolofunlearning has a transformational word at the centre FUN 🙂 – Did you do that deliberately?
    Fun is an essential ingredient to the work, play learning and inspiration, paradigm and as Russell Ackoff went on to observe , distinguishes best in class from all the rest. And hey, work made fun gets done so thanks for reminding us all of the centrality of fun in the learning organisation.
    Paul (from the sunny Swiss Alps)

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