Thursday, 9 September 2010

The big and the small of it: Escher’s room

I love this picture my Dad sent me, of him and Catherine in The Escher Room at the Escher Museum in The Hague. They are equidistant from the camera, and standing in the same room at the same time. Clever, hey? (For more about the museum, click here.)

MC Escher was a 20th-century mathematical/artistic genius who was a sickly child and did poorly at school, but blossomed later in life. If you don’t recognise his name, you’d probably recognise many of his images, including ‘The Drawing Hands’ (at left) and his ‘Ascending and Descending’ lithograph, where lines of people walk up and down stairs in a neverending loop.

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