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M.C. Escher Alien Contact possibilities 1935 The Dream

June 2, 2016

Escher's work explored impossible layouts implying extra dimensional space,Alien Contact and other conundrums.The Dream (Mantis Religiosa) shows a fallen bishop stretched on a catafalque as a huge otherworldly praying mantis stands on his chest (the whole work is a sort of pun on the mantis’ taxonomical name Mantis religiosa “the religious mantis”. The buildings around the bishop and the bug are dissipating to reveal the wonders of the night sky. The bishop’s world of religious mysteries and social control are vanishing in the face of his death. Greater mysteries are coming to life and beckoning the anxious viewer. M.C. Escher Alien Contact possibilities 1935 The Dream

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