December 2nd, 2012
Maurits Cornelis Escher is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. M.C. Escher, during his lifetime, over 2000 drawings and sketches. He was born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands on June 17th, 1898 as the fourth and youngest son of a civil engineer. He failed his high school exams, and ultimately was enrolled in the School Decorative Arts in Haarlem. After finishing school, he traveled throughout Italy, where he met his wife Jetta Umiker. They settled in Rome, where they stayed until 1935. During these 11 years, Maurtis would travel each year throughout all of Italy, drawing for the various prints he would make when he returned back home.
Math comes into play in the theory behind his art.
Tessellations incorporate art into mathematical patterns.
Escher was fascinated by topography, the study of surfaces. In many of drawings he uses the concept of the Penrose triangle, or "impossible triangle." Escher didn’t have mathematical training, he apparently taught himself. Escher had poor grades, but he drew pictures very well. Because of his grades M.C had to retake primary and secondary school. Tessellations are symmetric designs featuring any object you can think of. Whether it’s animals, people, bricks, etc. Each vertex must as well look the same. They can fit together in repetitive patterns like simple jigsaw puzzles. These fill a surface without gaps or overlaps. The properties of a tessellation are just shapes or objects fitting into each other to form a tessellation. A turtle's shell, the outside of a pineapple, honey comb, snake skin, and scales on a fish are a couple of examples of tessellations. A couple of man-made tessellations are buildings, soccer balls, quilts, and puzzles. Many many years ago, during the time era B.C. people built homes and temples decorated in geometric patterns. The materials that they would use were clay, color and glaze them then...
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