This painting has a shocking and sinister secret

There's nothing the internet loves more than a good old optical illusion, and we've had our brains fried by many a visual head-scratcher over the years. But none have been quite as sinister as this painting, which contains three different images in one.

At first glance, it looks like a fairly standard painting of a contemplative fisherman, albeit one with a curiously asymmetrical face. But when each side of that face is mirrored, we end up with two entirely different takes on the original painting. (Check out our top painting techniques if you're inspired to pick up a brush.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.