Aspects of perspective and ambiguous space in the work of M.C. Escher

14 Nov 2011

Cartographers, mathematicians and artists discovered many of the rules for linear perspective before the Renaissance, but the mathematical basis to represent objects three-dimensionally was developed only in the 15th century. Brunelleschi was the first to demonstrate geometric perspective with his famous experiments in 1425. The humanist Alberti recorded the geometrical principles for creating three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface during 1435. This was, in other words, the tools to translate mental vision onto paper. The fact that, in human vision, the parallel lines from the edges of objects converge at an infinite point (the vanishing point) on the horizon, is an illusion. Escher wanted to make concrete representations of infinity and he used traditional perspective to create impossible worlds.