Friday, July 10, 2015

Towering Too

USA US-1260284 received 08-19-2011

Sent by: Houri
From: Richmond, Virginia, USA
ID number: US-1260284
Notes: Maurits Cornelis Escher, more commonly known as M.C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist whose work often featured impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, and tessellations. While he did poorly in school, he excelled at drawing from an early age.  This woodcut, entitled Tower of Babel, was created in 1928, when Escher was around 30 years old.  It depicts the Babylonians attempting to build a tower high enough to reach God, as recounted in Genesis 11:9.  Escher was not particularly fond of the work he created before 1935, dismissing it as "mostly practice exercises".  Pfft!!  I could practice drawing for the next fifty years and not be able to draw anything close to this!

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