Symmetry in Escher's Work

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Objective:

Look for symmetry in Escher's Work. Learn to recognize rotations and reflections in these settings.

Go to the [MC Escher Website] and go to the Picture Gallery (available in the menu on the lefthand side).

Escher's work is presented chronologically. We will focus on the two pages representing Escher's later work:

  • Early work from 1916 - 1922
  • Italian Period from 1922 - 1935
  • Switzerland and Belgium 1935-1941
  • Back in Holland 1941 - 1954
  • Recognition and Success 1955-1972
  • Symmetry; most of M.C. Eschers' Symmetry Drawings


  1. Find at least two examples of reflectional symmetry. Record the names of the works.
  2. Find at least two examples of 2 fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  3. Find at least two examples of 3 fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  4. Find at least two examples of 4 fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  5. Find at least two examples of 6 fold rotation. Record the names of the works.

Additional questions:

  • Based on the artwork shown on the [MC Escher Website], when does Escher start working with symmetry?