Landscape and Western Art

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byMalcolm Andrews

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What is landscape? How does it differ from 'land'? Does landscape always imply something to be pictured, a scene? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? What is 'nature'? Is it everything that isn't art, or artefact? This book explores many fascinating issues raised by thegreat range of ideas and images of the natural world in Western art since the Renaissance. Using a thematic structure many issues are examined, for instance: landscape as a cultural construct; the relationship between landscape as accessory or backdrop and landscape as the chief subject; landscapeas constituted by various practices of framing; the sublime and ideas of indeterminacy; landscape art as picturesque or as exploration of living processes. These issues are raised and explored in connection with Western cultural movements, and within a full international and historical context. Manyforms of landscape art are included: painting, gardening, panorama, poetry, photography, and art. The book is designed to both take stock of recent interdisciplinary debates and act as a stimulus to rethinking our assumptions about landscape.

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Some people theorize that the practical and reserved nature of Canadians is due in large part to an isolating landscape and harsher climate. Is this fact or fiction? Is this in keeping with the artwork of the Group of Seven? Malcolm Andrews explores the relationship between landscape and aesthetics, culture and other topics relevant to...

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What is landscape? How does it differ from 'land'? Does landscape always imply something to be pictured, a scene? When and why did we begin to cherish images of nature? What is 'nature'? Is it everything that isn't art, or artefact? This book explores many fascinating issues raised by thegreat range of ideas and images of the natural w...

Malcolm Andrews is Professor of Victorian and Visual Studies at the University of Kent. He is the author of Dickens on England and the English, The Search for the Picturesque, and Dickens and the Grown-up Child. He has edited a three-volume anthology, The Picturesque: Sources and Documents and is currently editor of the journal The Di...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.63 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192842331

ISBN - 13:9780192842336

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.: Land into Landscape2. Landscape and Terza Natura3. Subject or Setting? Landscape in C15 and C16 Painting4. Topography and the Beau Ideal5. Framing the View6. The Sublime7. Political Landscape8. Nature as Picture or Process?9. Landscape and the Art GalleryNotes; List of Illustrations; Bibliographic Essay; Timeline; Index

From Our Editors

Some people theorize that the practical and reserved nature of Canadians is due in large part to an isolating landscape and harsher climate. Is this fact or fiction? Is this in keeping with the artwork of the Group of Seven? Malcolm Andrews explores the relationship between landscape and aesthetics, culture and other topics relevant to the Naturist movement in the 1800s in Landscape and Western Art.