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Ascending and descending
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1000: Ascending and descending (Escher)

This lithograph - first printed in 1960 - is Escher's interpretation of the endless staircase suggested by the English mathematician Lionel Penrose a couple of years earlier. One group of figures climbs constantly, the other group descends, yet they never get any further apart!

This type of "impossible object" drawing uses perspective rules tbat are always correct over a small enough area (as in the detail image), yet break down when seen as a whole.


Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch artist, who produced many well-known images of mathematical fantasies, though he had no formal training in mathematics. Animals and birds metamorphose into geometrical shapes and back again - buildings follow geometrical rules, yet defy reality.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 30 x 42 cm (12" x 17")
Code: TW10795 (TW-1000-795 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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