Belvedere


Artist
Maurits Cornelis Escher (Dutch, 1898 – 1972)
Date
1958
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet : 23 3/8 x 16 7/8 in. (59.37 x 42.86 cm)
Mat : 24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Lindon E. and Jane Saline
Object Number
1981.2.6

Label
Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. After enrolling in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem, Escher was encouraged by a teacher to continue his studies in the graphic arts. This led to an artistic career in which he produced 448 lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings, as well as over 2000 drawings and sketches. All of Escher’s images play with the idea of impossible spaces, perspectives, and architecture. Belvedere is a good example of his work. It depicts a building set in a landscape of mountains and forest, the organic shapes of which contrast with the geometric shapes of the building. While the building appears at first glance to be a straightforward structure, close examination of the ladders and pillars reveals an impossible mixing of different planes. [Brianne Munch ‘2018]

Object Type
Print