In The monstrous and the marvelous, rikki ducornet explores the sense of the fantastic. She has a list of Optical pleasures which i found too good to pass up. I've reproduced pieces of it here and added links where appropriate:
Any number of things set off my chronic weakness:
-Edward Lear's paintings of parrots, Man Ray's photograph Glass Tears, the glass of Emile Galle...the ceramic dishes of Bernard Palissy...
-Paradises, true and false: the Tea Palace in Mantova is a prime example...
-The serpents painted by Jacopo Ligozzi, anything painted by Bosch or Maria-Sybilla Merian...Tenniel's illustrations for Alice
-A mural painted by Max Ernst for Paul Eluard's house called Au Premier mot limpide..
-Tumeric....the books of Jurgis Baltrusaitis
-The entire bestiary of Aloys Zotl
-..a glass by Dale Chihuly...
-The original edition of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica of 1768-1771.. Plate LXXIV (Book Two) contains the following:
1. an Electrical machine
2. a Cloud machine
3. an Elephant
4. an Echeneis
5. an Elater
6. an Erinaceus or Hedge Hog
7 & 8. Ermin and Ermine (Heraldric Crests)