'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 20 June 2010

The Droste Effect

Can you see the last visible The Last Visible Dog?

Escher explored a fantastical droste effect in some of his paintings. Here is a site I discovered that animates a loop so you can go on a 'journey' into an Escher painting... forever!


  1. This is another one to which I will have to return. Using Firefox I received the message that there were no suitable plug-ins. There are some great possibilities for a play though.

  2. Tried a different plug-in. Awesome.

  3. Elizabeth21.6.10

    This has always fascinated me. Back in the 60's there was a fad for story books that showed a child reading a book with a picture of a child reading a book with a picture of a child reading a book. I used to sit and stare at the covers for hours imagining the thing going on and on way beyond my sight. It wasn't until I discovered Escher that I saw the effect again. I never knew the phenomenon had a name! Thank you for this, Katherine. x

  4. Glad to help Elizabeth. The droste effect is what 'The Last Visible Dog is all about! I have a link just under my heading if you are interested in more information.


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