Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester
The most iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, including a pair of hands drawing themselves and fish morphing into birds, are familiar to most people. The exhibition of over 100 woodcuts, lithographs, and drawings takes us deeper into both the literal and impossible worlds he created over a career that spanned five decades.
Drawn from the world’s second-largest private collection of Escher’s work, Reality and Illusion includes early figure drawings, lesser-known book illustrations, detailed Italian landscapes, the “tessellations” for which he became famous, and several examples of his signature architectural fantasies in which stairways seem to circle back upon themselves or go nowhere.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.