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The author of the book: M.C. Escher
ISBN: 0810980843
ISBN 13: 9780810980846
Language: English
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Edition: Random House Value Publishing
Date of issue: December 21st 1992

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Maurits Cornelis Escher ha avuto tre fortune nella sua vita. La prima è stata il potersi divertire con le sue opere; la seconda di essere stato notato (immagino via Donald Coxeter) da Martin Gardner che l'ha reso famoso in tutto il mondo quando ancora era vivo; la terza essere stato unito a Kurt Gödel e Johann Sebastian Bach in un'Eterna Ghirlanda Brillante (buffo tra l'altro notare come i tre grandi personaggi siano un tedesco, un austriaco e un olandese: una strana troika, se ci pensate su).

Purtroppo questo libro non è più disponibile né nell'edizione Garzanti che io posseggo - almeno fino a che i miei duemezzenni me lo permetteranno: la sovraccopertina è purtroppo già stata strappata - né nella versione inglese. Posso al più consigliarvi di cercare The World of M.C.Escher su AbeBooks, la metalibreria di testi usati. E vi consiglio di prenderlo: magari non siete troppo interessati alla sua biografia - lo sapevate che da giovane aveva fatto un tour italiano e ci sono molti suoi disegni di amene località nostrane? - e agli altri saggi tra cui uno di Escher stesso e uno di Coxeter; ma le sue litografie sono davvero belle, anche se non siete interessati alla matematica che ci sta dietro. D'altra parte, almeno per le sue prime opere di carattere matematico, il Nostro ha lavorato in maniera puramente amatoriale: solo in seguito ha iniziato, grazie agli amici matematici che si era fatto, a usare un approccio per così dire più tecnico. Fortunatamente, però, la tecnicità non ha colpito l'arte: le sue opere sono belle a vedersi, come scrivevo sopra.

Se volete sapere di più su Escher, potete andare sul sito ufficiale http://www.mcescher.com/ , oppure leggere una presentazione a cura del progetto Polymath a http://areeweb.polito.it/didattica/po...


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Ebook The World of M.C. Escher read Online! Maurits Cornelis Escher, usually referred to as M.C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture and tessellations.

Maurits Cornelis, or "Mauk" as he came to be nicknamed, was was the youngest son of civil engineer George Arnold Escher and his second wife, Sara Gleichman. He was a sickly child, and was placed in a special school at the age of seven and failed the second grade. In 1903, the family moved to Arnhem where he took carpentry and piano lessons until he was thirteen years old.

From 1903 until 1918 he attended primary and secondary school. Though he excelled at drawing, his grades were generally poor. In 1919, Escher attended the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts. He briefly studied architecture, but failed a number of subjects (partly due to a persistent skin infection) and switched to decorative arts. Here he studied under Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, with whom he would remain friends for years. In 1922 Escher left the school, having gained experience in drawing and making woodcuts.

In 1922, an important year in his life, Escher traveled through Italy (Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena) and Spain (Madrid, Toledo, Granada). He was impressed by the Italian countryside and by the Alhambra, a fourteenth-century Moorish castle in Granada, Spain. He came back to Italy regularly in the following years. In Italy he met Jetta Umiker, whom he married in 1924. The young couple settled down in Rome and stayed there until 1935, when the political climate under Mussolini became unbearable. Their son, Giorgio Arnaldo Escher, named after his grandfather, was born in Rome. The family next moved to Château-d'Œx, Switzerland where they remained for two years.

Escher, who had been very fond of and inspired by the landscapes in Italy, was decidedly unhappy in Switzerland, so in 1937, the family moved again, to Ukkel, a small town near Brussels, Belgium. World War II forced them to move in January 1941, this time to Baarn, the Netherlands, where Escher lived until 1970. Most of Escher's better-known pictures date from this period. The sometimes cloudy, cold, wet of the Netherlands allowed him to focus intently on his works, and only during 1962, when he underwent surgery, was there a time when no new images were created.

Escher moved to the Rosa-Spier house in Laren in 1970, a retirement home for artists where he had his own studio. He died at the home at 73 years of age.


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