Metamorphosis in Escher's Art


Craig S. Kaplan. Metamorphosis in Escher's Art In Bridges 2008: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music and Science, Pages 39–46, 2008.


M.C. Escher returned often to the themes of metamorphosis and deformation in his art, using a small set of pictorial devices to express this theme. I classify Escher's various approaches to metamorphosis, and relate them to the works in which they appear. I also discuss the mathematical challenges that arise in attempting to formalize one of these devices so that it can be applied reliably.


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