Landscape and Western Art

Overview

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 artifact? By addressing these and many other questions, Landscape and Western Art explores the myriad ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance.

Implying that land is the raw material, and that art is created by turning land ...

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Overview

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 artifact? By addressing these and many other questions, Landscape and Western Art explores the myriad ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance.

Implying that land is the raw material, and that art is created by turning land into landscape, which then becomes art, author Malcolm Andrews takes the reader on a thematic tour of the fascinating and challenging issues of landscape as art. The books broad sweep covers the full, rich spectrum of landscape art, including painting, gardening, panorama, poetry, photography, and art. Artistic issues are investigated in connection with Western cultural movements, and within a full international and historical context.

Clear explanations and beautiful illustrations convey to the reader the idea of landscape as an experience in which everyone is creatively involved. Landscape and Western Art provides an enlightening and comprehensive critical overview of landscape art.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A splendid text ... with images both celebrated and startling, he shows landscape as a contruction, a theatre in which humans act and enjoy seeing themselves act."—Professor Richard Thomson, Edinburgh University

"A very accomplished surveyof a notoriously complex and elusive subject ... nothing—not even words like 'environment' and 'art' is left unquestioned."—Andrew Wilton, Keeper and Senior Research Fellow, Tate Gallery

"Highly intelligent ... it insists that hte making of landscape is inseperable from the history of the moment of its production, but also recognizes the intense personal experiences that motivate it."—Professor John House, Courtauld Institute of Art

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192842336
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Oxford History of Art Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 840,740
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Andrews is Professor of Victorian and Visual Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Dickens on England and the English, The Search for the Picturesque, and Dickens and the Grown-up Child. He has edited a three-volume anthology, The Picturesque: Sources and Documents and is currently editor of the journal The Dickensian.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Land into Landscape
Chapter 2: Subject or Setting? Landscape and Renaissance Painting
Chapter 3: Landscape as Amenity
Chapter 4: Topography and the Beau Ideal
Chapter 5: Framing the View
Chapter 6: 'Astonished beyond Expression:' Landscape, the Sublime, and the Unpresentable
Chapter 7: Landscape and Politics
Chapter 8: Nature as Picture or Process?
Chapter 9: Landscape into Land: Earth Works, Art, and Environment
Notes
List of Illustrations
Bibliographic Essay
Index
1. Introduction: Land into Landscape
2. Landscape and Terza Natura
3. Subject or Setting? Landscape in C15 and C16 Painting
4. Topography and the Beau Ideal
5. Framing the View
6. The Sublime
7. Political Landscape
8. Nature as Picture or Process?
9. Landscape and the Art Gallery
Notes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

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