Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature / Edition 1

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Overview


We all know what "the political landscape" is, and politicians and journalists never tire of referring to it. But in this ingenious and original book, Martin Warnke takes that well-worn metaphor literally and uses it to reveal just how politicized the real landscape of continental Europe has been for centuries. The author finds his evidence of humanity's intervention in nature in the form of monuments and milestones, gardens, roads and border crossings, in landscape paintings and maps – even, in fact, in the anthropomorphic interpretations once given to formations of hills and rocks.

The Political Landscape is underpinned with a fascinating array of examples and illustrations, many of which will be new even to experts in the art of landscape and related disciplines.

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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: 9780948462634
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Essays in Art and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (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
1. The Occupation of the Plain
2. Hills and Castles
3. From Battlefield to War Landscape
4. Nature's Freedom as Political Freedom
5. Natural Forces and Natural Forms
6. Political Nature Imagery
Conclusion
References
List of Illustrations
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