Belvedere (1958) by Maurits Cornelis Escher

Belvedere - Maurits Cornelis Escher - 1958

Artwork Information

TitleBelvedere
ArtistMaurits Cornelis Escher
Date1958
MediumLithograph
Dimensions46.2 x 29.5 cm (18 1/4 x 11 5/8 in.)
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About Belvedere

Belvedere is a lithograph print created by Dutch artist M.C. Escher in 1958. The artwork depicts a belvedere building that appears to be an impossible object, modeled after an impossible cube. Measuring 46.2 x 29.5 cm, the print was produced on white wove paper.

Escher was primarily a printmaker, but also worked as a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist. Born in Leeuwarden, Holland in 1898 and raised in Arnhem, Escher found inspiration for his art during his travels. He would explore different ideas through sketching on location that he would later develop into prints in his studio.

Belvedere reflects Escher’s unique style of using two-dimensional images to depict objects free from the confines of the three-dimensional world. His use of optical illusions creates mesmerizing visuals that challenge our perception of reality and invite us into a world of imagination.

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