1878 Maurits Cornelis Escher is born 17 June in Leeuwarden, in the northern Dutch province of Friesland 1916 Makes his first print while attending secondary school in Arnhem 1919 - 22 Enters School for Architecture and Decorative Arts, Haarlem. Transfers from the architectural program to study printmaking, particularly woodcut, under Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1868-1944). Decided to become a graphic artist. 1922 - 35 In the spring 1922, travels to Italy and is deeply impressed by the hillside towns. Settles in Rome in 1924. Sketches countryside in summer, then develops drawings into prints in winter.
M. C. Escher is a master of graphic arts and the optical illusion. His work also displays a kind of hyper-realism, where all parts of the picture are in tight focus, from close up to far away. While certain schools of art history may not teach Escher as a great artist, his popularity gives him enormous educational leverage to teach topics such as photo-realism, hyper realism, lithography, illustration, and surrealism. Escher’s work shows how art can be enhanced by math, and vice versa Brings depth to mathematics Helps us understand geometry