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Covered Alley in Atrani, Coast of Amalfi, November 1931

M.C. Escher
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
wood engraving on laid japan paper
28.5 x 18.4 cm; image: 18.1 x 12.9 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1987
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30005)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Escher viewed Italy as a land of inspiration. While he was interested in representing local vistas, his artistic concerns also turned toward more confined architectural spaces. Although this covered alley exists in reality, Escher played with its geometry and accentuated its enclosed and constricted nature.

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