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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions$
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Arthur G. Shapiro and Dejan Todorovic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.001.0001

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Reverse-Perspective Art and Objects—Illusions in Depth and Motion

Reverse-Perspective Art and Objects—Illusions in Depth and Motion

(p.275) Chapter 30 Reverse-Perspective Art and Objects—Illusions in Depth and Motion
The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions

Thomas V. Papathomas

Oxford University Press

The main goal of this chapter is to present the relatively new art form of reverspectives, invented and refined by Patrick Hughes. Reverspectives are painted on nonplanar surfaces that jut out of the wall, yet the painted scenery contains strong reverse-perspective cues that cause depth reversal: convex and concave parts are perceived as concave and convex, respectively. Reverspectives also appear to move vividly as viewers move past them. The chapter presents a wide variety of reverspectives, as well as a related class of illusions that are painted on large spheres, producing depth inversion and illusory motion. The chapter provides a plausible explanation for the percepts obtained with these types of stimuli.

Keywords:   Patrick Hughes, depth reversal, concave, convex, concave, perspective, reverse perspective, illusory motion

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