Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Twisted Reality of M.C. Escher
In 1922, Escher traveled through Italy and Spain. He was impressed by the Moorish architecture with its intricate designs, especially those found at the fourteenth-century Alhambra. Its designs had geometrical symmetries featuring interlocking repetitive patterns in the colored tiles, and sculpted into the walls and ceilings. This experience infused Escher’s interest in mathematics and tessellation.
The asteroid 4444 Escher was named in his honor, in 1985.
Escher Museum in The Hague
Huis ten Bosch, Japan
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Canada