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Food for Thought: Visual Illusions Good Enough to Eat [Preview]

Face or food? The brain recognizes edible artwork on multiple levels

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz likes to play with his food. His Medusa Marinara (far right) is a visual pun on Caravaggio's Medusa (right), and it portrays an illusion of ambiguity that works at multiple levels. The red marinara sauce in Muniz's Medusa reminds the viewer of the blood spurting from Medusa's severed neck in Caravaggio's version, and the spaghetti around Medusa's head can be perceived as Caravaggio's snakes-for-hair Medusa (an ambiguity illusion in and of itself).

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