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The show

From next October 31st , 100 years after his first visit to the capital in 1923, Escher returns to Rome with the largest and most complete exhibition ever dedicated to him, at Palazzo Bonaparte . A restless, reserved and undoubtedly brilliant Dutchman, Escher is the artist who, with his engravings and lithographs, had and continues to have the unique ability to transport us into an imaginative and impossible world, where art, mathematics, science, physics and design mix. An artist discovered in relatively recent times, Escher has conquered millions of visitors around the world thanks to its ability to speak to a very large audience. Escher is loved by those who know art, but also by those who are passionate about mathematics, geometry, science, design and graphics. A great breadth of themes converge in his works, and for this reason he represents a unicum in the panorama of art history. The Rome exhibition is configured as an exceptional event which presents to the public, in addition to his most famous masterpieces, also numerous unpublished works never exhibited before.

An anthology of around 300 works which includes the now iconic Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935), Bond of Union (1956), Metamorphosis II (1939), Day and Night (1938), the famous Emblemata series, and many others.After various trips to Italy which began in 1921 when he visited Tuscany, Umbria and Liguria, Escher arrived in Rome where he lived for twelve years, from 1923 to 1935, at number 122 of via Poerio, in the old Monteverde district The Roman period had a strong influence on all his subsequent work which saw him prolific in the production of lithographs and engravings, especially of landscapes, views, architecture and views of that ancient and baroque Rome which he loved to investigate in its most intimate dimension, that at night, in the dim light of a lantern. The nights spent drawing, sitting on a folding chair and with a small torch hanging from his jacket, are counted by Escher among the best memories of that period.

On display at Palazzo Bonaparte, in fact, there will also be the complete series of 12 "Roman nocturnes" produced in 1934. The exhibition, under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome - Department of Culture and the Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands , is produced and organized by Arthemisia in collaboration with the MC Escher Foundation and Maurits and is curated by Federico Giudiceandrea - one of the most important Escher experts in the world - and Mark Veldhuysen , CEO of the MC Escher Company. The exhibition sees how

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Piazza Venezia, 5
00187 Rome


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