A Century-Old Optical Illusion: Can you Spot an Old Woman & a Young Girl in 20 secs?

A Century-Old Optical Illusion: Find the images of an old woman & a young girl hidden in this Century Old Optical Illusion Image. Can you solve the brain-hurting illusion in 20 seconds?

Archana Shandilya
Jul 1, 2022, 13:49 IST
A Century-Old Optical Illusion
A Century-Old Optical Illusion

A Century-Old Optical Illusion: An optical illusion is a visual illustration that has different appearances looked with different perspectives. There are many types of optical illusions like physical, physiological, and cognitive illusions. The optical illusions can also depict philosophical reasons behind any perception. A normal human brain can look at things or images differently from a variety of angles forming a different perception for each view.  One such clever illustration can be seen in a century-old German Postcard.

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Do you see an Old Woman or a Young Girl in this Optical Illusion?

A century-old German postcard had a picture of a woman that said: “that in every young woman, there is the promise of the woman she will grow into, and in every older woman, there is the memory of the young woman she once was”.

This anonymous German postcard is from 1888. It is a famous perceptual illusion in which the brain switches between seeing a young girl and an old woman. This fascinating illustration has two answers. Some folks, upon glancing at the drawing, immediately see a young woman. Others instantly know that it’s an illustration of an old woman. Both the interpretations are right. You can see the image of a young girl and an old woman too with different angles.

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If you see the young woman: look at the young woman's chin and think of it as a large nose, and look at the young woman's ear and think of it as an eye. If you see the old woman: look at the old woman's nose, and think of it as the left cheek of a face looking away from you, and look at the old woman's eye and think of it as an ear on a face looking away from you. Let’s first look at the image of the young girl in this optical illusion:

Did you spot a Young Girl?

If you look at the red outline in the above image, you can see a young girl looking away over her left shoulder, with a bow hat and its lace flowing behind her.

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Did you spot an Old Woman?

Now, if you look at the red outline in the above image, you will see the other angle of the drawing showcasing the face of an old woman. By looking closely at the image you will see a profile of an older woman with a stooped face bending downwards and her face, and nose is comparatively bigger.

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You can easily see how the two opposing images fit into the same space. The young woman’s chin becomes the older woman’s nose, and the older woman’s chin becomes the younger woman’s neckline. Young woman’s ears become older woman’s eyes and so on.

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You should experience a 'Gestalt switch' between seeing the image as an old woman or a young woman. In psychology, a gestalt shift is when your perception suddenly changes.

Optical illusions always give some fascinating insight into how our brains work. Specific combinations of color, light, and patterns can trick our brains into visually perceiving something that isn’t there. So tell us, which woman did you see first?

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