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Belvedere
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204: Belvedere (Escher)

A lithograph from 1958 portrays in Escher's impeccable style an impossible building... no real rectangular building could have a ladder with its foot inside the walls at the bottom leaning against the outside at the top!

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 is postcard size, with micro pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 204 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: Y98356 (98-356 on box)
Retail price ¥500

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