Landscape and Western Art

ISBN-10: 0192842331
ISBN-13: 9780192842336
Edition: 1999
Authors: Malcolm Andrews
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Description: What is landscape? How does it differ from 'land'? Does landscape always imply something to be pictured, a scene? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? What is 'nature'? Is it everything that isn't art, or artefact? This book  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.57" wide x 9.37" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

What is landscape? How does it differ from 'land'? Does landscape always imply something to be pictured, a scene? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? What is 'nature'? Is it everything that isn't art, or artefact? This book explores many fascinating issues raised by the great range of ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance. Using a thematic structure many issues are examined, for instance: landscape as a cultural construct; the relationship between landscape as accessory or backdrop and landscape as the chief subject; landscape as constituted by various practices of framing; the sublime and ideas of indeterminacy; landscape art as picturesque or as exploration of living processes. These issues are raised and explored in connection with Western cultural movements, and within a full international and historical context. Many forms of landscape art are included: painting, gardening, panorama, poetry, photography, and art. The book is designed to both take stock of recent interdisciplinary debates and act as a stimulus to rethinking our assumptions about landscape.

Acknowledgements
Land into Landscape
Subject or Setting?: Landscape and Renaissance Painting
Landscape as Amenity
Topography and the Beau Ideal
Framing the View
'Astonished beyond Expression': Landscape, the Sublime, and the Unpresentable
Landscape and Politics
Nature as Picture or Process?
Landscape into Land: Earth Works, Art, and Environment
Notes
List of Illustrations
Bibliographic Essay
Index

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