Jean de Dinteville

Jean de DintevilleJean de Dinteville
The picture shown above was created by the Hungarian artist István Orosz. Istvan has an interest in anamorphic designs, and this picture contains an anamorphic image. If instead of looking directly at the screen, you move your head around towards the left hand side of your computer screen (as you look at it), so that you are looking across the screen, you should see the head and shoulders of a man - his name is Jean de Dinteville.

Who is Jean de Dinteville? Well, he was a French nobleman who came to England as an ambassador in the 1530s. He was one of the two people shown in a famous painting by Holbein - he is the figure on the left.

The Holbein picture is famous partly for the strange object at the bottom of the picture - it is actually an anamorphic image of a skull, but you have to look almost from the edge of the canvas for this to become apparent. The skull can be seen as a reminder that we are mortal, and that life is fleeting.

The work of István Orosz is reproduced here with his permission. More examples of his work can be found at his web site, and also at the Gallery Diabolus.

In the final picture, there is a view of the painting from the side, which shows Jean de Dinteville as the artist, István Orosz, intends you to see him.