This painting has a shocking and sinister secret

There’s nothing the internet loves more than a good ole optical illusion, and we’ve had our brains pounded by many visual head-scratchers over the years. But none was as scary as this painting, which contains three different images in one.

At first glance, it looks like a pretty normal painting of a contemplative fisherman, albeit one with a strangely asymmetrical face. However, if each side of this face is mirrored, we get two completely different settings of the original painting. (Check out our top painting techniques if you’re inspired to pick up a brush.)

Fisherman painting

The original, seemingly innocent painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Az Öreg Halász (The Old Fisherman) from 1902 by Hungarian artist Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka can be mirrored in two ways to reveal either a friendly looking man in prayer or a much darker depiction of the devil with horns and a red face.

Fisherman painting

All three versions of the painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons / Future Owns)

According to Hungary Today, the painting shows “the bipolarity of humans, the good faces and the bad faces of us”. Reddit is currently in a storm and users are loving the concept. “Very talented at being able to embed three pictures in one. I would like to know how the hell he did it,” comments one, while another simply adds: “What is this magic?

Of spinning cubes that don’t actually spin and falling people that don’t actually fall on floating ships, we’ve seen some incredible illusions over the past few months. And while this takes some Photoshop tricks to fully understand, it definitely gives the best examples of visual tricks we’ve seen lately. Check out today’s best Adobe deals below if you’d like to try it out for yourself.

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