The Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Agriculture by Craig PearsonThe Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Agriculture by Craig Pearson

The Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Agriculture

byCraig Pearson, Judith Nasby

Hardcover | August 11, 2008

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By the late twentieth century, idyllic depictions of eighteenth-century manorial landscapes had become artistic expressions of dislocation. Western agricultural paradigms had shifted, as had the relationship between art and agriculture. The Cultivated Landscape uses over seventy illustrations to look at the development of Western agriculture from feudal times to the present. Craig Pearson and Judith Nasby discuss the evolution of how we think about agriculture, its use of the land and impact on landscape, and how landscape has been portrayed historically in art. They also offer a wider discussion on the role that science and economics have played in agricultural development and the parallels to changes in art form.The Cultivated Landscape ends with a discussion of the complex issues facing agriculture today, the need for greater connectivity between agriculture and our environment, and options for the future.
Craig Pearson is presidential advisor on international programs and professor of agricultural policy, the University of Guelph. He has been dean, Ontario Agricultural College, chief scientist with the Bureau of Rural Sciences in the Australian government,
Title:The Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and AgricultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:August 11, 2008Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773532463

ISBN - 13:9780773532465

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Editorial Reviews

"The impact of art in this book to visually enhance the documented history of agriculture is so vivid that I was able to imagine the sense of place that landscapes that no longer exist must have portrayed to those who lived and worked within them. While there are certainly many other books on the history of agriculture, no other that I have ever read has interwoven the topic with visual art in such an evocative manner. The Cultivated Landscape is utterly fascinating and on occasion evokes powerful parallels with Simon Schama's brilliant Landscape and Memory or even Kenneth Clark's Civilization." Richard Bawden, Systemic Development Institute, Sydney Australia "A broad, interesting, and well-written survey of farming practices from the Middle Ages to the present." Choice Magazine