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This has been one of my favourite pictures for a while now. I have always found it to be the most intriguing of Escher’s works on a number of different levels, especially as the Droste effect has fascinated me since childhood. Escher’s picture is a clever illustration of the impossibility of the detached observer (to an extent that a more familiar application of the Droste effect would not have been) and is also interesting on a mathematical level. This article and this site explain this aspect of the picture in more detail.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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  1. Sweet, thanks for the link.

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