The experience of looking at the same thing from a different angle, and seeing an entirely different image, works as a useful metaphor for the experience that many people have when engaging with the relationship between human and animal. If an image appears distorted from one angle, but clear and distinct from another, it is said to be “anamorphic”.

As opposed to conversion, or metamorphosis, which occurs within a single body, anamorphosis requires the observer to change before the transformation in the other becomes perceptible.

This example, unlike Holbein, does not require an actual movement of the body, but rather a transition within the eyes: