A portrait made of portraits – an optical illusion

A portrait made of portraits - an optical illusion
Michelangelo as a mosaic of images


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My favorite section of the painting is this guy, as the eye and eyebrow:

A portrait made of portraits - an optical illusion
"Eye got good teeth"

I found this illusion called "картинка из картинок" or "Picture of pictures." I couldn’t find the artist, but I found more examples at this page (in Russian)>>

I discovered this painting is more interesting than I’d thought, thanks to reader Juan Luis (Thanks, Juan!) It’s a huge painting that artist Lewis Lavoie calls a Mural Mosaic. Here’s a video of him creating it:

Michelangelo Adam – Lewis Lavoie

Mr. Lavoie’s work reminds me of the late artist Denny Dent, who I once saw paint a large image live to a rock and roll beat at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver.

Mr. Lavoie painted the above in 1997. In 2004, he and 70 other artists painted their first group mosaic – the Heritage Fiddler Mural – where each artist paints one section and all the pieces are combined to create another image.

A portrait made of portraits - an optical illusion
Creating the Heritage Fiddler Mural

A portrait made of portraits - an optical illusion
The completed Heritage Fiddler Mural 
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Here’s a gallery of other Mural Mosaic paintings>>

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