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image of Three Spheres II M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Three Spheres II, 1946
lithograph
image: 26.1 x 46.6 cm (10 1/4 x 18 3/8 in.) sheet: 38.2 x 57.7 cm (15 1/16 x 22 11/16 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 339
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
1974.28.23
Not on View
From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 17 of 24

Escher was particularly intrigued by reflections and by the concept of a sphere acting as a mirror. Here, the central sphere that reflects Escher at work is flanked by one, at left, filled with water, and at right, by another opaque sphere. All three spheres are reflected in the polished surface on which they rest. The spheres at right and left are reflected in the center sphere. Finally, the entire composition is seen as the drawing on the paper reflected in the central sphere.

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