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Landscape as World Picture
  • Bandtyp: Inbunden
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20051201
  • ISBN10:8779342329
  • ISBN13:9788779342323

Landscape as World Picture


This book presents a new and comprehensive bid concerning the manner in which landscapes in Western pictorial art may be interpreted in relation to the cultures that created them. Its point of departure is a hitherto unexplored development pattern that characterises landscape representation from Paleolithic cave paintings through to 19th century modernity. Through a structuralist comparison between this pattern and three additional fields of analysis - self consciousness, socially determined perception of nature, and world picture - a fascinating insight into culture's macro-historic organisation is extrapolated. Not least it is argued controversially that culture at a certain level of observation is marked by a directional evolution. The gradual accentuation of a viewpoint found in landscape images can, in this way, be read as a sign of how self consciousness - the notion of an 'I' detached from nature - develops. And, in the raw rocky terrain and vividly coloured skies that are introduced in ancient and medieval landscape images, there is testimony of how cosmos splits into a chaotic Mother Earth and an indestructible masculine sky.Finally, the book demonstrates that the landscape images' incorporation or exclusion of traces of cultivation (e.g. fields, roads, hedges), is dependent on what the powers-that-be think about physical work.

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