The recent exhibit of works by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher drew 116,565 people during its 14-week run at the N.C. Museum of Art, more than any special exhibit since “Rembrandt in America” in 2011, the museum announced Tuesday.
“The Worlds of M.C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination” opened Oct. 17 and closed Sunday. It had been scheduled to close Jan. 17 but was extended a week because of strong demand.
The exhibit of drawings, prints and woodcuts by the artist known for his optical illusions and mathematically inspired patterns was organized by the museum and exceeded its attendance goals, said director Lawrence J. Wheeler. It drew people from all but four North Carolina counties, all 50 states and from as far away as Argentina and Australia, Wheeler said.
The Escher exhibit ran concurrently with a traveling exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, which featured pages from a 500-year-old notebook written by the Italian artist and scientist. The da Vinci exhibit, which closed Jan. 17, drew 87,956 visitors.
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Nearly 151,000 people visited the Rembrandt exhibit in 2011.