Transformation  

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"One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked."--The Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka

True and False Griffins from John Ruskin's Modern Painters (Part IV. Of Many Things), first published in 1856.
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True and False Griffins from John Ruskin's Modern Painters (Part IV. Of Many Things), first published in 1856.
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Danae (1907-08) by Gustav Klimt depicting Zeus, the master of metamorphosis, as a golden shower.

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
  1. the act of transforming or the state of being transformed
  2. a marked change in appearance or character, especially one for the better
  3. the replacement of the variables in an algebraic expression by their values in terms of another set of variables; a mapping of one space onto another or onto itself; a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
  4. a rule that systematically converts one syntactic form into another; a sentence derived by such a rule
  5. the alteration of a bacterial cell caused by the transfer of DNA from another, especially if pathogenic

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