'Escher' at the Santa Caterina Museum

In Treviso, more than 150 works of the innovative dutch graphic artist

From 31 October 2015 to 03 April 2016


Among the many exhibitions in Treviso, we are excited to announce the exceptional exhibition at Santa Caterina Treviso dedicated to Maurits Cornelis Escher: Treviso celebrates the renovation of the Museum of Santa Caterina with an exhibition of international appeal!

Following the great success achieved by the exhibitions in Rome and Bologna, Escher comes to Treviso! From 31 October 2015 to 3 April 2016 over 150 extraordinary works of art in Treviso are ready to reveal the visionary and evocative world of the renowned Dutch painter. This Escher exhibition in Italy will involve adults and children alike. The audio guide included in the ticket provides the opportunity to select a special audio tour created specifically for younger guests, with interactive panels arranged along the exhibition  to better understand the work of this great artist of the 1900s.

Fascination and involvement will accompany you on your visit from the first rooms of this large retrospective dedicated to Escher: the exhibition in Treviso includes complicated constructions, games, paradoxes and explorations of infinity. Most of the works in the Escher exhibition comes from the private collection of Federico Giudiceandrea, the Italian industrial and big fan of the Dutch artist who curated the exhibition in Treviso in collaboration with Marco Bussagli and with the M.

C. Escher Foundation of Baarn.

Escher shows a world where the visual ambiguity opens the door to endless possibilities. In the Museum of Santa Caterina in Treviso there are about 150 works, including drawings, lithographs and engravings signed by Escher, plus some works to compare or comment his work.

The exhibition journey of Escher  considers the artist's intellectual and artistic training, from the influence of Jessurum de Mesquita until the splendid drawings and engravings of the period he spent in Italy. You can see the evolution of the artist from the early works with a geometric point of view, some of which have an almost didactic value and were created precisely in order to explain the methods of tessellation and the strong influence covered by the mosaics of the Alhambra in Granada, to the renowned masterpieces such as 'Hand with Globe' and 'Metamorphosis II' (with 4 metres in length it is considered one of the longest incisions ever made). The Escher exhibition in Treviso also features some rarities such as bookplates, greeting and business cards commissioned by collectors or admirers that, although small, reflect the undeniable genius of the Dutch master.


Escher exhibition in Italy 2015/2016 in Treviso, is organized into six sections:

1. Training: Escher, Italy and inspiration by Art Nouveau

2. Reflective and metamorphic surfaces

3. Metamorphosis

4. From Alhambra to tessellation

5. Geometric Paradoxes: from the paper to space

6. Escher Economics and Eschermania

At the closing of the exhibition, the sixth section focuses on the great feedback received from the work of Escher: in fact many of these have been used or have inspired album covers and magazines, movies and cartoons!



A graphic and Dutch engraver of the 20th century, Maurits Cornelis Escher is known for his extravagant complicated constructions; his art is highly appreciated by scientists, thinkers and mathematicians for the rational use of the polyhedra, for geometric distortions and especially for the original interpretations of strictly scientific concepts in order to obtain paradoxical effects. In fact,Mathematics plays a major role in the works of Escher. Many of the worlds that he drew are built around impossible objects and optical illusions, not counting the varied implications of his work involving concepts such as self-reference, the recursive process, the infinite, the tessellation of spaces. Escher 'explores' the infinite in a very personal way by transporting it into engravings, lithographs and halftones that gradually create different forms.

After studying in the Netherlands, Escher visited Italy and Spain in 1922 and was deeply fascinated by them. In particular the Italian countryside and the Alhambra in Granada struck him. The arabesques adorning the interior of the latter are the 'base' of his tessellations. The 'rich ornamentation', 'the prodigious complexity' and the mathematical conception of Moorish mosaics influenced the art of Escher in a very profound way. In Spain he began to draw the 'periodic drawings' which made his production unique!

After he settled in Rome, Escher explored Southern Italy immortalizing scenarios that struck him the most in drawings and engravings. Many of these works are on display in the first section of the exhibition in Treviso.

Most of Escher's best known artwork dates back to the period between 1941 and his death in 1972. In this period the artist returned to live in the Netherlands, focusing entirely on his work and producing his most famous works, including 'Drawing Hands', which can be viewed at the Museum of Santa Caterina in Treviso.

The location of Escher's retrospective is worth a mention: it is located in the old convent of Santa Caterina in Treviso. It has recently undergone a thorough restoration, and now Santa Caterina houses the Civic Museums and several rooms that are used for temporary exhibitions. Guided tours are organized in order to integrate the different environments and temporary exhibitions to allow visitors to admire the permanent collections of works by Lorenzo Lotto and Titian.


Do you have some spare time? Well, you can use it to discover Treviso, Italy! Among the places to visit there is surely Piazza dei Signori, which is the cultural, historical and social center of the city, and the Buranelli Canal, offering fascinating views. Other unmissable spots are the XIV century church of St. Lucia and the so-called “Isolotto della Pescheria”, a little fluvial island that hosts the local fish market. In addition, you can take a relaxing walk on the ancient walls or along the shores of the Sile River. If you want to visit Treviso with a private guide, with our dedicated tour you will be able to discover the history, the secrets and the true souls of this gracious Venetian city!

Are you ready to visit one of the most interesting exhibitions of recent years? Write down all the information about Escher in Treviso  at the Museum of Santa Caterina  and get ready to experience an unforgettable visit!



  • Adults: €13
  • Reduced: €11
    (For persons over 65; 11-17 years; students up to 25 years; military and law enforcement personnel; people with mobility impairments; journalists; guides; full ticket holders of the exhibition 'El Greco in Italy')
  • Reduced Groups:€ 11 (15-25 people)
  • Schools: €5
  • Free
    (children 0-3 years; 1 guide per group; 2 teachers per group of students; ICOM members; 1 companion for people with mobility impairments)

N.B. Escher Treviso: Reservations required for groups and schools



Open every day

(Ticket office closes an hour before the show)

  • Monday from 2.30pm to 8pm
  • Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 8pm


Special openings

  • 24 December 2015: from 10am to 6pm
  • 25 December: from midday to 8pm
  • 31 December: from 10am to 6pm
  • 1 January: from midday to 8pm
By Insidecom Editorial Staff