Tesselation Extraordinaire

By: Sean Farmer

M.C. Escher

    Maurits Cornelis Escher (M.C. Escher) was a great tesselation artist. He was born on June 17, 1898 in the Netherlands, and died there on March 27, 1972 at age 73. He was Dutch and left handed. He met his wife Jetta Umiker, who he married in 1924, in Italy. They had three sons, Giorgio, Arthur, and Jan. He reiceved some of his inspiration from Alhambra, a castle with walls decorated with interlocking, repetitive patterns. He focused better on cloudy,cold, and wet days.
                                                             Relativity     1953
                                                      Waterfall           1961
                                                   Circle Limit III         1959


There are three transformations. The three transformations are rotation, translation, and reflection. A rotation is when the figure is stationary, however rotates clockwise or counterclockwise on a point called the center of rotation. A translation is when the figure remains in the same position, but is moved across the plane. A  reflection is a direct flip of the figure across the x or y-axis.

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