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The Escher exhibition

22 March - 2023
by Vincent Moleveld
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Escher in The Palace is celebrating the 125th anniversary of M.C. Escher's birth, which took place in 1898 and he passed away in 1972. The museum is commemorating this occasion with a special exhibition that focuses on Escher and his teacher and close friend Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. This exhibition is a wonderful complement to the museum's permanent collection, which features Escher's most famous works. The museum houses over 125 pieces by Escher and 70 prints and drawings by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, which are displayed in the former winter palace of Queen Mother Emma in a majestic setting.

Experience the wonder of Escher

Experience the wonder of Maurits Cornelis Escher, the most renowned printmaker in the Netherlands, who maintained an unceasing fascination with the marvels of the world around him. His imaginative worlds, which showcase illusion and amazement, captivate individuals of all ages.

The museum places a significant emphasis on Escher's artistic evolution. The artist's early works feature intricate woodcuts of individuals and exceptional portrayals of natural surroundings and landscapes, where he showcases his skills. In his subsequent works, he pioneers revolutionary techniques such as tessellations, metamorphoses, and optical illusions. His whimsical prints offer visual delight and have served as a bountiful source of inspiration for mathematicians, architects, and filmmakers worldwide for numerous years.


M.C. Escher, Day and night, woodcut in black and grey, printed from two blocks, february 1938
M.C. Escher, Day and night, woodcut in black and grey, printed from two blocks, february 1938 © al het Escher beeldmateriaal: The M.C. Escher Company BV, Baarn


Visit our film room to explore Escher's life and artwork, where you can learn about his creative process and the development of his extraordinary graphic work. Delve deeper into his history through photographs and an interactive timeline, which offers an engaging and interactive way to discover more about this remarkable artist.

Escher as the master of metamorphosis, the king of illusion, and a magician on paper.

Marvel at the masterpieces of Escher, which are the epitome of his remarkable body of work. Take, for instance, the early standout piece Day and Night (1938), where he transforms a rural Dutch landscape into soaring birds. Or the timeless print Relativity (1953), where he challenges the laws of gravity, and multiple realities appear to coexist. Finally, the jewel in the crown: the seven-meter-long Metamorphosis III (1967-1968), which represents the ultimate manifestation of his primary themes: eternity and infinity. Discover Escher as the master of metamorphosis, the king of illusion, and a magician on paper.

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Credits header image: M.C. Escher, Relativity, woodcut, July 1953 © al het Escher beeldmateriaal: The M.C. Escher Company BV, Baarn