National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Metamorphosis I M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Metamorphosis I, 1937
woodcut, printed on two sheets
image: 19.4 x 90.8 cm (7 5/8 x 35 3/4 in.) sheet: 29.3 x 100.6 cm (11 9/16 x 39 5/8 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 298
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 12 of 24

Here, the artist's first metamorphosis connects a tower on the Amalfi coast with a Chinese doll. Escher's largest print on this theme, Metamorphosis III of three decades later, measures 23 feet in length. It was commissioned by the central post office in The Hague and was used as a model for a mural in the building's main hall. The final metamorphosis print also includes the Amalfi tower.

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