Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature / Edition 1

Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature / Edition 1

by Martin Warnke, David McLintock
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674686179

ISBN-13: 9780674686175

Pub. Date: 09/01/1996

Publisher: Harvard University Press

If a river runs through it, somewhere there is bound to be a bridge. Little in the landscape remains untouched by human hand, and every touch, from the simplest ditch to the most intricate monument, reveals a political decision or design. This is how Martin Warnke, one of Germany's foremost art historians, looks at landscape in this book, which leads to a new way of

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If a river runs through it, somewhere there is bound to be a bridge. Little in the landscape remains untouched by human hand, and every touch, from the simplest ditch to the most intricate monument, reveals a political decision or design. This is how Martin Warnke, one of Germany's foremost art historians, looks at landscape in this book, which leads to a new way of seeing nature as we have appropriated, represented and transformed it over time. Covering nearly a thousand years and much of Europe, Political Landscape provides a compelling summary history of modern humanity's attempts to master nature. Underpinned by a fascinating array of examples and illustrations, many of which will be new even to experts in landscape design, architecture and related disciplines, Political Landscape sharpens our perceptions of landscape in art and as art, a nature charged with symbol and meaning as a result of interventions by turns enlightened, insensitive, or, as now, dangerously corrosive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674686175
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Essays in Art and Culture Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
1The Occupation of the Plain9
2Hills and Castles39
3From Battlefield to War Landscape53
4Nature's Freedom as Political Freedom75
5Natural Forces and Natural Forms89
6Political Nature Imagery115
Conclusion145
References147
List of Illustrations159

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