Symmetry in Escher's Work

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Objective:

Look for symmetry in Escher's Work. Learn to recognize rotations and reflections in these settings.

Go to the MC Escher Website and go to the Picture Gallery (available in the menu on the lefthand side).

Escher's work is presented chronologically.

  • Early work from 1916 - 1922
  • Italian Period from 1922 - 1935
  • Switzerland and Belgium 1935-1941
  • Back in Holland 1941 - 1954
  • Recognition and Success 1955-1972
  • Symmetry; most of M.C. Eschers' Symmetry Drawings


  1. Find at least two examples of reflectional symmetry. Record the names of the works.
  2. Find at least two examples of 2-fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  3. Find at least two examples of 3-fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  4. Find at least two examples of 4-fold rotation. Record the names of the works.
  5. Find at least two examples of 6-fold rotation. Record the names of the works.

Additional questions:

  • Based on the artwork shown on the MC Escher Website, when does Escher start working with symmetry?