The many faces of symmetry found in the work of M.C. Escher

author: Doris Schattschneider, Moravian College
published: Feb. 25, 2007,   recorded: July 2004,   views: 10235

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Symmetry is a word fraught with many meanings, both technical and personal. In art, there is no better exemplar than the Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898-1972) through which to explore these meanings. Through his work, we explore these aspects of symmetry: balance, duality, regularity, invariance, repetition, economy, closure. Not only does Escher's work provide intriguing depictions and uses of symmetry, but it also raises some interesting mathematical questions about symmetry.

Beseda simetrija je kar prežeta s pomeni - tako tehničnimi kot osebnimi. V umetnosti najdemo kar najboljši primer - nizozemski grafik M. C. Escher (1898-1972) - za raziskovanje različnih pomenov. Skozi njegova dela bomo raziskali naslednje aspekte simetrije: uravnovešenost, dvojnost, stalnost, enakost, ponavljanje, ekonomija, zaključenost. Pri Escherju ne gre zgolj za neverjetne upodobitve in uporabo simetrije, saj se nam porajajo zanimiva matematična vprašanja o simetriji.

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