On 27 April 1932 Escher was in the Sicilian town Patti, with his travel companion Giuseppe Haas-Triverio. They left Rome on the 22nd after which they travelled to Palermo via Naples. In four weeks they toured the island intensively. They finally returned to the Italian capital on May 20, filled with impressions, a folder with freshly made drawings, and many photos.
Some of these photos Escher would later use to create new prints. Many of Escher’s photographs, including this photo taken in Patti, several drawings, woodcuts and lithographs featured in our exhibition Escher, close up.