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Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Animates To Life In This Mesmerizing Optical Illusion
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Sep 2019
Image via Bumble Dee / Shutterstock.com
Was this what Vincent van Gogh saw when he painted his famed Starry Night in an asylum?
For centuries, art lovers have been in awe of the swirls in the masterpiece. No one knows for sure if they represent spiral nebulae or wind, but the thought of Van Gogh grasping complex concepts of nature during a time of mental turmoil is remarkable.
Perhaps this optical illusion, shared by Salesforce’s Chief Digital Evangelist Vala Afshar on Twitter, will help you envision the artwork in the Post-Impressionist’s eyes.
The visual shows a moving black and white spiral on top of the painting. Afshar says when you stare at the white dot in the center of the spiral for 10 seconds and avert your attention to The Starry Night, the painting will appear to move too.
The image builds upon the motion aftereffect phenomenon, which manipulates your vision to see movement in a static picture after you’ve been staring at an animated visual stimulus for awhile.
Play the GIF below to enjoy the hypnotic illusion.
Stare at the white dot for 10 seconds, then look at Van Gogh's Starry Night pic.twitter.com/WaHY4vrUNJ— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) September 8, 2019
[via Vala Afshar, images via various sources]
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