Art of the Landscape

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Drawing from philosophical traditions, literature, and art, he calls the reader's attention to a special consciousness, originally established during the pre-Romantic age, that has become a distinctive feature of contemporary spirituality. Focusing on the definition of landscapes in relation to the concepts of nature, environment, territory, and man-made settings such as gardens and cities, Milani examines the origins of the predilection for natural scenery in the works of landscape painters and in travel ...
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Overview

Drawing from philosophical traditions, literature, and art, he calls the reader's attention to a special consciousness, originally established during the pre-Romantic age, that has become a distinctive feature of contemporary spirituality. Focusing on the definition of landscapes in relation to the concepts of nature, environment, territory, and man-made settings such as gardens and cities, Milani examines the origins of the predilection for natural scenery in the works of landscape painters and in travel literature. He addresses the distinctness of the aesthetic experience of landscapes, analyses the role of aesthetic categories, and explores landscape art as a medium of contemplation.

What emerges is an original morphology of natural beauty derived from the scrutiny of landscape elements most frequently associated with aesthetic emotion - the colour of water and the sky, earth and stones, fire and volcanic eruptions, ruins and the mountains - an analysis especially relevant given the increasing fragility of our natural environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773535084
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Raffaele Milani is professor of aesthetics, University of Bologna, and the author of numerous books, including The Aesthetic Categories and The Adventure of Landscape.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Pathways

1 Aesthetics of the Environment 3

2 What Is the Landscape? 28

3 The Sentimental Journey 54

Part 2 Categories

4 The Art of the Landscape 85

5 Contemplation of the Landscape 114

Part 3 Morphologies

6 Morphology of Natural Beauties 135

Conclusion The Mirror of the Senses and of Reason 168

Bibliography 173

Index 197

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