a remarkable opportunity to discover, firsthand, the engravings and drawings by the Dutch artist who, unlike other great masters, was both popular and enigmatic.
Promoted by the Dutch Institute in Rome in collaboration with the Escher Foundation of Baarn (Holland), the exhibition at the Musei Capitolini in Rome is a remarkable opportunity to discover, firsthand, the engravings and drawings by the Dutch artist who, unlike other great masters, was both popular and enigmatic. Along with the artist’s most famous works, such as Metamorphosis and Impossible Architectures, the exhibition features, for the first time ever, a collection of views, executed during Escher’s long stay in Italy between 1922 and 1934. These were inspired by the extremely captivating landscapes of Southern Italy, antiquities and the Mediterranean scenery which, even after he entered his abstract period, a turning point in his art, continued to stimulate his creativity. The essays in the catalogue provide an unusual portrait of Escher during his Italian period and explore in depth the relationship established by this Dutch draughtsman and graphic artist with Italian artistic circles.