The Escher Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
The Escher Museum
The Escher Museum in The Hague truly lets you enter the world of M. C. Escher through its large collection of his artwork and a clever optical illusion.
The museum contains almost all of Escherâs prints, including his famous, never-ending waterfall, hands that appear to draw themselves on the page, and Ascending and Descending, where monks climb an infinite staircase. Escherâs prints of transformationâwhere tiled fishes turn into birds and other animals metamorphosize into shapes, tilings, or even townsâare on display at the museum, as are rarely seen works such as his lithographs of the Amalfi coast.
For an additional fee, visitors can be photographed in a room that warps the viewerâs perspective is such a way that one visitor appears tiny and the other huge. Because of the way the warped walls are painted, the mind is fooled into misjudging the two heights.
One of Escherâs best-known prints depicts ants crawling around a MÃ¶bius strip (a surface with only one side). Much of Escherâs work relies on unusual shapes (like the MÃ¶bius strip), impossible shapes ...