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San Michele dei Frisoni, Rome (Tenth century), June 1932

M.C. Escher
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
lithograph on heavy wove paper
48.5 x 54.5 cm; image: 43.6 x 48.7 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1983
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28466)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

The church of SS. Michele e Magno was probably founded by Pope Leo III in the early 9th century. It was restored in the 13th century, when its campanile was added, and almost entirely rebuilt in the 18th century. In the background, dwarfing the medieval church and its gardens, is the basilica of St. Peter's.

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