38 foolish optical illusions by István Orosz

A corner window optical illusion

Hungarian artist István Orosz "likes to use visual paradox and illusionistic approaches while following traditional printing techniques such as woodcutting and etching."

Besides the ambiguous windows shown above, he created a series of illustrations called Ship of Fools.

The original Ship of Fools (Das Narrenschiff), written in 1494, was a medieval German book satirizing foolishness, and was illustrated with woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer.

Mr. Orosz expands on Dürer's work by creating his illustrations with hidden optical illusions of "momento mori".

See if you can find them.


"Venus, Cupid, and Death",
an illustration by Dürer with the words:
"My rope pulls many fools about,
Ape, cuckold, ass, and silly lout,
Whom I seduce, deceive, and flout."


 Are we all lost on a ship of fools?


 Do food and drink and our pets not satisfy us?


 Can books offer us no solace?


Are religious pilgrimages a failure?


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