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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Art Book
Written in a most engaging, highly readable way with a wide-ranging mass of illustrations rich enough to operate as individual visual essays.
— Chris Stephens
Guardian
Insightful: the fifteenth-century castle towering 'like a protective super-ego' over the people, the Alpine torrent a revolutionary image of freedom. 'Winters, glaciers and ice were...frequent symbols of the old despotic order.' The pictures are unusual, and the writing is unusually lucid.
Art Documentation
[T]his book makes an important addition to landscape literature. Political Landscape is a valuable resource for students of landscape painting, environmental history, and any who are interested in the ways in which nature has been manipulated by people.
— Cynthia Ott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674686175
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Essays in Art and Culture Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Warnke is Professor of Art History at the University of Hamburg. His previous book The Court Artist was first published in 1985.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 The Occupation of the Plain 9
2 Hills and Castles 39
3 From Battlefield to War Landscape 53
4 Nature's Freedom as Political Freedom 75
5 Natural Forces and Natural Forms 89
6 Political Nature Imagery 115
Conclusion 145
References 147
List of Illustrations 159
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