So M.C. Escher created a piece of art called "Smaller & Smaller". The problem is, when you look it up, two similar but non-identical pieces of art come up:


The color difference isn't a big deal, since Escher is known for making copies with different colors. The problem is the other, non-color differences (look at the corners in particular).

So, why are there two of them? Are both made by M.C. Escher, or is one a fake?

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    Artists do test pieces and often these survive and sometimes they do variations on a theme. I'd think this is more of a question about visual arts than about history. – KillingTime Mar 14 '18 at 18:17
  • @KillingTime is there a place I could migrate it, perhaps? – PyRulez Mar 14 '18 at 18:27
  • Try asking this on here. – Jake Mar 14 '18 at 19:00
  • "Smaller & Smaller" is the first one; I'm not sure what the second one came from, but perhaps Wikiart misidentified it. Perhaps it's an earlier draft or a later variation? – Semaphore Mar 14 '18 at 19:21
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    It isn't uncommon for artists to have multiple similar works that have the same name. For instance, there are four versions of Munch's "The Scream" – Gort the Robot Mar 14 '18 at 20:11

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