In “Hand with Globe,” Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898 – 1972) combines intuitive mathematical skills with visual distortions in impossible architecture, spatial illusions and repeating geometric patterns. His depictions of spheres and other objects were influenced by Italian landscapes and intricate tiling patterns of Spain’s Moorish castles. Escher was considered to be a master research mathematician, despite his lack of formal training.
Creativity and logic converge in M.C. Escher’s mind-bending art of mathematical perfection. The Dutch Escher (1898-1972) is the world’s most famous graphic artist; his interlocking figures, shapes and mirror images presented in black and white enhance their implausible dimensions. As a student, Escher disliked math as much as he disliked flat shapes, thereby compelling him to create otherworldly optical illusions. Escher’s pop culture references appear in everything from The Simpsons to The Matrix to music and video games.