Metamorphosis in Art, Part 1 of 2~

Metamorphosis II, 1939-1940, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper / Boston Public Library /

metamorphosis (noun)  me-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs 
1a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means
the metamorphosis of humans into animals

1b: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances
The company has gone through a series of metamorphoses.

2: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (such as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies

1. The Metamorphosis of Daphne by Master of the Judgement of Paris (active mid-15th C)
Tempera on wood / The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

2. The Metamorphosis of Hermaphrodite and Salmacis, c.1517, by Jan Gossaert (c.1478–1532)
Oil on panel / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

3. Plate 5 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719, by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)
Hand-colored engraving on paper / National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

4. Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide, before 1886, by Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
Plaster / Musée Rodin, Paris, France

5. Metamorphosis, 1908, by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Oil on canvas / Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, gift of Sal Slijper

6. Metamorphosis, 1917, by Gaganendranath Tagore (1867—1938)
Collection of 16 lithographs bound in one volume / Various collections incl. V&A, London, UK

7. Metamorphosis, 1936, by Herbert Bayer (1900-1985)
Gelatin silver print / Various collections including The Met, NYC

Monday, February 6: Metamorphosis in Art, Part 2 of 2


Metamorphosis III, 1967–1968, by M.C. Escher (1898-1972) /
Woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, partly colored by hand / Boston Public Library

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