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Ciências & Cognição

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BENEDITO EUGENIO, Tiago José. An evolutionary view of the M. C. Escher's art. Ciênc. cogn. [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 63-75. ISSN 1806-5821.

During the last years, arts have been approached from the historical, social, cultural and aesthetics point of view. Recently, however, arts have also acquired an explicit biological meaning. The efforts to understand, for instance, the relationship between evolution, brain and arts are increasing. The Dutch artist Mauritus Cornlis Escher, have created a series of artworks that drive the observer to a state of mental confusion. In this essay, we propose an analysis of some of his works under the evolutionary perspective which bases are found in Charles Darwin ideas. Escher is regarded as a mathematics lover, but we believe that his mathematical and artistic geniality also allowed an evolutionary investigation of the world. Thus, we present the idea that it is possible to find evolutionary assumptions in some of the artist's works, such as: (1) connection among different species and their alteration along time and space; (2) resignation to the human obsolete nature based mostly on Locke's idea of tabula rasa and on Cartesian duality; (3) interdependent relationship between nature and creation. Here, we suggest that arts can anticipate science. In this way, within its specificities, science and arts can express, in different ways, the very same idea.© Cien. Cogn. 2012; Vol. 17 (2): 063-075.

Keywords : Escher; art; evolution; science; Darwinism..

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