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Jean François Niceron, Ritratto anamorfico di Ferdinando II
Jean François Niceron, Anamorphic portrait of Ferdinando II

Rome 1642
Oil on wood; 70x43x53 cm
Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. 3196

The painting represents 7 turbaned heads with a flag display in their midst. It was to be observed through a "perspective telescope", a small tube with a polyhedral lens, today lost, located on a support in front of the painting.