Maurits Cornelis Escher is born 17 June in Leeuwarden, in the northern Dutch province of Friesland.Image Caption
Makes his first print while attending secondary school in Arnhem.
Enters School for Architecture and Decorative Arts, Haarlem. Transfers from the architectural program to study printmaking, particularly woodcuts, under Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1868–1944).
Travels to Italy in the spring of 1922 and is deeply impressed by the hillside towns. Settles in Rome in 1924. Sketches the countryside in summer, then develops drawings into prints in winter.Image Caption
Makes his first lithograph.
Begins to make wood engravings, which require a harder, end-grained woodblock, permitting finer lines.Image Caption
Leaves Rome to escape the rising tide of fascism; moves to Switzerland.
Visits La Mezquita mosque in Córdoba and revisits the Alhambra in Granada.
Escher moves to Uccle, near Brussels.Image Caption
Returns to the Netherlands; settles in Baarn.Image Caption
Slows artistic production during the Second World War.
Makes his first mezzotint.
Works mainly on tessellations.