Connecting Art & Math

Alex Murray

M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher was born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. He is considered to be one of the world's most famous graphic artists. Like some of his famous predecessors he was left handed. During his life time he made 448 lithographs, woodcuts ,and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings/sketches. He also illustrated books, designed tapestries, postage stamps, and Mosaics. While traveling in Italy, he met his wife Jetta Uminker . He died in 1972, at the age of 74.

Tesselations by M.C. Escher


Transfomation types

There are three different types of transformations rotation, translation, and reflection. A rotation is when a shape is turned 90, 180, 270, or 360 degrees. Translation is when an object is moved or slid across the plane. Finally, a reflection is when an object is shown on one side and on the other side is the exact object in the exact spot. This work, entitled "1936 Strong Men" is an example of all three transformation types in one work.