Picasso’s Guernica

How many times have you looked at an optical illusion and sat there just trying to figure it out what’s going on?  I was looking diligently to find a quality brain teaser and I found this, Picasso’s Guernica, one that you should try and sort out for yourself.  I don’t know about you, but the first time I looked at it, I was in complete disarray.  Picasso’s Guernica

Even though it is a fairly simple black-and-white color scheme, you will be in astonishment at how much really comes to life in this animated gif.  Take a look and you let me what you think about this creepy yet stunning picture.  It will truly open your eyes to something you have never imagined before.




Picasso’s Guernica


Upon first glance, I thought the images were going to jump out of my screen and into my lap!  It was as if they were flying at me at an extremely and unexpectedly fast pace. Everyone is going to have their own perception of this Picasso Guernica, but the end result will still be the same. The images truly come to life in a manner like you haven’t seen before. What was the first thing you noticed about the animated Guernica? Was it the bull that was lunging forward or the horse-like creature in the middle of the screen?

Maybe, for you, it was the head in the corner that drew you into its glaring image.  If you sit and look at it long enough, you might end up feeling a little queasy.  For me, a couple seconds was all I could take before I had to call it quits.  This amazing optical illusion of Picasso Guernica is one that I will never forget.  I mean, who could forget an illusion where things were leaping out at them made them push back farther into their seat and away from the computer screen.  I know I can’t. Fill in your thoughts in the comments below.


5 Replies to “Picasso’s Guernica”

  1. Great illusion.

    In the GIF, the original image is alternated with a negative image (and 2 intermediate images, cf. Conor’s comment). But if you stare at a painting for some time and then blink, you see an afterimage that is also like a negative image.
    It will not be as clear as in the GIF, but I conjecture that some of this illusory movement is also present when viewing the original painting.
    Anyone going to Madrid soon who can test my hypothesis? :-)

    I first noticed the horse tail ‘falling’ onto the man, but I like the light flashing as well.

  2. What is really astoning is that despite the black/grey/white inversion, all the elements of the Guernica picture are NOT MOVING !!

    the dynamics occured just by flicking between the white/black contrast.

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