Adventures with impossible figures by Bruno Ernst

By Bruno Ernst

Describes the tools that are used to build fascinating most unlikely figures which could tease the attention and baffle the mind's eye. Copious examples are drawn from the author's personal paintings and the fertile mind's eye of Escher and Oscare Reutersvard.

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He answered: “No fixed place has been assigned us; ’Tis lawful for me to go up and round; So far as I can go, as guide I join thee. But see already how the day declines, And to go up by night we are not able; Therefore ’tis well to think of some fair sojourn. ” was the answer; “should one wish To mount by night would he prevented be By others? ” And on the ground the good Sordello drew His finger, saying, “See, this line alone Thou couldst not pass after the sun is gone; Not that aught else would hindrance give, however, To going up, save the nocturnal darkness; This with the want of power the will perplexes.

Dante Alighieri - Divine Comedy, Purgatorio 39 May a just judgment from the stars down fall Upon thy blood, and be it new and open, That thy successor may have fear thereof; Because thy father and thyself have suffered, By greed of those transalpine lands distrained, The garden of the empire to be waste. Come and behold Montecchi and Cappelletti, 66 Monaldi and Fillippeschi, careless man! 67 Those sad already, and these doubt-depressed! Come, cruel one! come and behold the oppression Of thy nobility, and cure their wounds, And thou shalt see how safe is Santafiore!

37 More than forty-five degrees. com/ The Poet well perceived that I was wholly Bewildered at the chariot of the light, Where ’twixt us and the Aquilon it entered. Whereon he said to me: “If Castor and Pollux 38 Were in the company of yonder mirror, That up and down conducteth with its light, Thou wouldst behold the zodiac’s jagged wheel 39 Revolving still more near unto the Bears, Unless it swerved aside from its old track. How that may be wouldst thou have power to think, Collected in thyself, imagine Zion Together with this mount on earth to stand, So that they both one sole horizon have, And hemispheres diverse; whereby the road 40 Which Phaeton, alas!

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