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Escher, Maurits Cornelis (1898-1972)
Hand with Reflecting SphereDate: 1935
Theme: Self Portrait
Museum: National Gallery of Canada
Dimensions: 32 x 21 cm
In this remarkable image, Escher does the unusual and shows the means by which all self-portraits must be realized: he makes the mirror (and by necessity everything it reflects) the subject of his print. In contrast to his earlier self-portrait, it is clear that Escher is interested not in his own facial features but in the way in which space is distorted by a convex reflective surface. The artist shows himself in his studio, one floor above the apartment where he lived in Rome. This was to be his final year of residence. Disturbed by the deteriorating political climate in Italy, he moved to Switzerland in July 1935. (from the museum's homepage)
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