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Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
by Angelika Taschen and Taschen and M. C. Escher


Overview - Mathematical problems and visual illusions in the enigmatic work of M.C. Escher "A woman once rang me up and said, Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print Reptiles you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation. I replied, Madame, if that s the way you see it, so be it.  Read more...

 
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More About Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher by Angelika Taschen; Taschen; M. C. Escher
 
 
 
Overview
Mathematical problems and visual illusions in the enigmatic work of M.C. Escher "A woman once rang me up and said, Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print Reptiles you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation. I replied, Madame, if that s the way you see it, so be it. " An engagingly sly comment by the renowned Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 1972) the complex ambiguities of whose work leave hasty or single-minded interpretations far behind. Long before the first computer-generated 3-D images were thrilling the public, Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph "Magic Mirror" dates as far back as 1946. In taking that title for this book, mathematician Bruno Ernst is stressing the magic spell Escher s work invariably casts on those who see it. Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire uvre with him. Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst s account was meticulously scrutinized and made accurate by the artist himself. Escher s work refuses to be pigeonholed. Scientific, psychological, or aesthetic criteria alone cannot do it justice. The questions remain. Why did he create the pictures? How did he construct them? What preliminary studies were necessary before he could arrive at the final version? And how are the various images Escher created interrelated? This book, complete with biographical data, 250 illustrations, and explications of mathematical problems, offers answers to these and many other questions, and is an authentic source text of the first order. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9783822837030
  • ISBN-10: 3822837032
  • Publisher: Taschen
  • Publish Date: January 2007
  • Page Count: 116
  • Dimensions: 12.15 x 9.3 x 0.86 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.31 pounds


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