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The Work of MC Escher 1 MC Escher whose real name is Maurits Cornelius Escher was born in Leeuwaren Netherlands in 1898 He created intriguing works of art that explore and exhibit a wide range of mathematical ideas While he was in school his family had intended for him to follow his fathers footsteps and pursue a career in architecture But a desire for drawing and design eventually lead Escher into a career in graphic arts Unfortunately his work went unnoticed for several years By 1956 he gave his first important exhibition which was written up in Time Magazine This acquired a world-wide reputation for Escher Among his greatest admirers were mathematicians who recognized an extraordinary visualization of mathematical principles This was quite odd because Escher had no mathematical concept beyond secondary school He was inspired by the mathematical ideas he read about He worked directly from structures in plane and projective geometry Eschers work encompasses two broad areas of math the geometry of space and the logic of space An example of the geometry of space would be a tessellation which many of Eschers masterpieces have been derived A tessellation is a regular division of a plane which are arranged of closed shapes that completely cover the plane without overlapping and without leaving any gaps Some typical shapes which make up a tessellation are polygons and squares Escher was especially delighted in what he called metamorphoses where the shapes changed and interacted with each other In 1936 Escher traveled to Spain where he saw the tile patterns used in the Alhambra The Alhambra is a walled city and fortress in Granada Spain The palace is lavishly decorated with stone and wood carvings and tile patterns on most of the ceilings walls and floors The Islamic art which this work is created does not use representations of living beings but heavily uses geometric patterns especially symmetric repeating patterns He said that this
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