Maurits Cornelis Escher is back in Rome after 100 years since his first visit to the city in 1923. Escher comes back with th biggest exhibition ever dedicated to him.
Who was Maurits Cornelis Escher ?
Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in Leeuwarden, in the Netherlands, on June 17th 1898.
He was a man with a restless and reserved character, but he lived a relatively peaceful life, often traveling around Europe.
Already as a child he showed a precocious talent for drawing and graphics and, despite several criticisms from his own teachers, he never gave it up.
He became famous during his lifetime and several exhibitions were dedicated to him towards the end of his years, in particular we remember the one in The Hague in 1968.
He died, at 74 years old, on March 27th 1972.
Escher, the exhibition and the topics
Everyone knows Escher for hislithographies and engravings.
Through these labyrinthine drawings, he is able to bring the viewer into another universe, where art, math, science, physics and design are mixed.
Escher, because of his multifaceted nature, he is appreciated by a wide public: both by those who are art enthusiasts and by those interested in mathematics, geometry, science, design, graphics.
The exhibition in Rome, is presented as an exceptional event that shows to the public, besides the wwll known masterpieces, also lots of unpublished artworks never exhibited before.
An exhibition that include about 300 artworks with also the iconic hand with reflective sphere, Bond of Union, Metamorphosis II, Day and Night, the famous Emblemata series and many others.
Escher and Rome
Escher arrives in Italy for the first time in 1921 and visits Tuscany, Umbria and Liguria. He arrived in Rome in 1923 and lived there until 1935.
The time he spent in Rome had a strong influence on all his subsequent work which saw him prolific in the production of lithographs and engravings, especially of landscapes, views, architecture and views of that ancient and baroque Rome which he loved to investigate in its most intimate dimension, the nocturnal one , in the weak light of a lantern.
In 1934, Escher realizes the series of 12 Roman Nocturnes and that time was remembered by him as one of the best moments during his Italian years.
The same 12 Roman Nocturnes will be displayed in the exhibition.