Meet Escher Exploration

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Objective: Meet with Escher and his artwork.


To meet M.C. Escher, watch this brief video at the official Escher website.

  1. When did Escher live? How old was he in World War I? In World War II?
  2. Where did he live? What language did he speak?
  3. What does "MC" stand for?
  4. Go to the Escher Artwork Gallery on this site and look over his work. Which ones do you recognize?


Escher was a graphic artist, and he printed most of his work. Most of his prints were either woodcuts or lithographs.

Smaller and Smaller is an example of a woodcut, and the page shows one of the wood blocks Escher carved to print it. Castrovalva is an example of a lithograph.

  1. Find a few more lithographs and a few more woodcuts in the Escher Artwork Gallery
  2. Describe the difference in the appearance of woodcut prints and lithography.
  3. For Smaller and Smaller, how many wood blocks would Escher have made? What is the hole in the wood block for?

Handin: A sheet with answers to all questions.