Landscape

Overview

This Pocket Guide shows how artists in past centuries translated outdoor space and light into paint, and how landscape imagery evolved from mere ornament into a visual metaphor of the human condition. The story is told from its beginnings in Roman mural decoration, through the Renaissance transformation of landscape into an ambitious vehicle for feelings and ideas, to the impressionist 'revolution' and beyond. The continuing relevance of art to how we see the world, and our place in it, is demonstrated through a ...
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Overview

This Pocket Guide shows how artists in past centuries translated outdoor space and light into paint, and how landscape imagery evolved from mere ornament into a visual metaphor of the human condition. The story is told from its beginnings in Roman mural decoration, through the Renaissance transformation of landscape into an ambitious vehicle for feelings and ideas, to the impressionist 'revolution' and beyond. The continuing relevance of art to how we see the world, and our place in it, is demonstrated through a practical discussion of optics of real and painted landscape, illustrated with works from the National Gallery, London.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857091687
  • Publisher: National Gallery Publications, Limited
  • Pages: 80

Table of Contents

Foreword 4
Introduction 6
Origins 8
Landscape in the Background 11
Altarpleces
Portraiture
Mythological paintings
Figures and Landscapes Integrated 24
The Expressive Landscape 26
Fifteenth-century origins
Sixteenth-century Venice
The 'Danube School'
Landscape as Spectacle 38
Sixteenth century: The Netherlands
Spectacle and Expression Combined 41
Seventeenth-century Flanders and Holland
The Englishness of the English landscape
The frozen nroth
The Optics of Landscape 54
Linear Perspective 56
The horizon line
Recession and the vanishing point
Diminution
Recession, diminution and the viewer's location
Light and Aerial Perspective 62
Repoussoir 65
Impressionism and After 72
Rejection of the Old Masters? 72
... The Old Masters have the Last Word 75
Further Reading 80
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