Escher in Abruzzo

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 – 1972) needs no introduction. The Dutch artist’s mathematically inspired artwork featuring impossible objects and geometric shapes, unique perspectives on nature, symmetry and reflection that have left an indelible mark in the history of art, graphics and design.

The town of Opi

Escher spent a great part of his life in Italy, from his 30s to his 50s, living in Rome from whence he travelled widely throughout the country.

Many of the places we visit in our small group tours of Italy were visited by Escher and mentioned in his works; Sicily, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Abruzzo, Puglia and Veneto.

In doing our research and setting up our newly launched Small Group Walking Tour of Abruzzo we discovered that many of the places we explore were visited by Escher and inspired some of his best-known masterpieces. Amongst his many projects, Escher was working on an illustrated book of Abruzzo, but unfortunately it was never finished or published.

His works of Abruzzo include descriptions of the towns of Opi, Pescasseroli, Castrovalva, Villalago and the views of the Gole del Sagittario.

Belvedere, M.C.Escher, 1958

One of his most famous lithograph prints, ‘the Belvedere’ figures in the background the Majella massif, part of a range of mountains which form the Majella National Park. During Walking Tour of Abruzzo, we spend 2 days exploring this area and hiking though this splendid national park.

Check out our selection of Escher’s pictures to see if Abruzzo might inspire you as well.

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