“He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder”

This comprehensive collection includes more than 135 works of the Dutch artist covering his entire artistic career and is enriched by numerous drawings and print media such as woodblocks and a lithographic stone.

Aside from the iconic images that made this artist famous, such as “Drawing Hands”, “Waterfall”, “Eye”, “Relativity” and “Metamorphosis”, the collection features numerous seldom displayed prints such as the “Griffin of Borghese”, “Still Life and Street” and the entire set of his mezzotints (8 in total), among other works.

Each work has been framed taking into consideration the overall presentation of the image. Museum glass minimizes the mirror effect allowing for full enjoyment of the exhibition. Captions, mostly commented by the artist, explain the intricacies of the images and the techniques used to achieve the end result for all non-representational works.

From an educational perspective, this single-source collection is particularly suited and offers the opportunity to create new permanent educational programs based on Escher’s mathematically oriented depictions. This creates countless opportunities since his tessellations, studies of the infinite, metamorphosis and impossible geometries are found in most mathematical books, as well as in lectures given by many mathematicians. 

Original Works

Over 135 original works by M.C.Escher, including drawings, woodblocks and a lithographic stone.

Highlights
  • His most iconic images that made the artist famous, such as “Drawing Hands”, “Waterfall”, “Eye”, “Relativity” and “Reptiles”, an extremely rare print.
  • The fourteen foot long “Metamorphosis”.
  • The entire set of the eight mezzotints he produced, including the famous “Eye” and the very rare “Dewdrop”.
  • The complete set of drawings and original woodblocks, as well as the print for “Depth”.
  • The complete set of drawings and original lithographic stone, as well as the print for “Flatworms”.
  • The complete set of drawings and the original three dimensional cube as well as the print for “Cubic Space Division”.
  • Several woodblocks (framed with the prints) which he created for the “Flor de Pascua” and “Emblemata XXIV” book illustrations.
  • The collection includes one of the earliest and extremely rare large format drawings done by the artist plus a great selection of his Italian period prints.
  • All the works are framed, each with a variety of period design, as per museum specifications.
Exhibition Materials

Captions, wall texts.

Display

Requires about 375 linear ft. (depending on installation).

Characteristics of Collection
  • Geographic location of storage: U.S.A. (north-east).
  • All works are shipped framed as per international museum standards.
  • Collection includes the necessary international shipping crates and packing materials ensuring safe ‘nail to nail” transport.
  • Collection is comprehensive, covering a substantial part of the artist’s body of work making it capable of serving as a stand-alone exhibition.
  • Museum curators are provided with extensive information and may curate the exhibition to their specifications.
  • Collection may be expanded or complemented with art from the borrowing museum’s own collections.
  • Collection provides endless opportunities for the development of educational programs, which we can assist with.

Selected Images

Copyrights in M.C. Escher artworks are owned by The M.C. Escher Company B.V. See mcescher.com for additional information.