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Escher's "Print Gallery"

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Project by Phil32 posted 09-26-2018 07:19 PM 696 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a relief carving inspired by a May 1956 lithograph by M. C. Escher. The scene shows a man (left) looking at lithographic prints in a gallery with arched windows. The print in front of him expands upward and around to the right, causing the quayside town to enlarge many times, and revealing that the gallery is, in fact, in that town. This is an amazing mathematical transformation considering Escher has only a high school background in math.
Basswood, 12” x 15” – selectively stained and finished with clear, water-based polyacrylic.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA





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#1 posted 09-26-2018 07:27 PM

Wonderful work.

Way past my abilities and DOUBLY past my patience also!

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 09:36 PM

Wow Love this ! Great vision and skill.

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 10:08 PM

This graphic design by M.C. Escher has become the focus of some heavy mathematical analysis as described here:
https://im-possible.info/english/articles/escher_printgallery/index.html
Warning! This article quickly gets highly technical, but hang in there. . .

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 12:03 AM


This is an amazing mathematical transformation considering Escher has only a high school background in math.
Basswood, 12” x 15” – selectively stained and finished with clear, water-based polyacrylic.

- Phil32

He is obviously a guy who had thoughts and ideas that aren’t what his neighbors had. I vote he just projected further on what was out there, than a hard and fast that he used any math at all. There is an entire world of Math nerds out there that try to explain the breath we take as a math formula, and that is pretty much BS, just like trying to attribute some Golden Ratio BS to a Shaker guy who just made things pleasing to his eye, with a proportion that loosely fits that “Fibonacci Sequence” to a bunch of unlettered woodworkers of a past age that marked their name with an X, and couldn’t spell “math” if they had to.

All things in life are not mathematical, however mathematicians can tell you everything can be explained mathematically, someone is wrong. All I know is if Escher wasn’t known to be a genius, he just projected his work in his mind, rather than he had a mathematician dream up formulas for him. For a lot of us that would just be called a very active imagination.

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 12:20 AM

Phil—I admire your interpretation of Escher’s 2-D drawings into a 3-D carving. I would imagine it’s difficult to transform the drawings since they are designed to trick the eye. How do you figure what goes in the background or foreground?

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#6 posted 09-27-2018 01:10 AM

I am enjoying your work. It makes me smile and impresses at the same time.

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#7 posted 10-03-2018 06:09 PM

Absolutely amazing picture!

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