A Closer Look: Landscape

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by Langmuir, Erika

Exhibition catalogues & specific collections

Published 20/02/2018 by National Gallery Company Ltd in the United Kingdom as part of the A Closer Look series.

Paperback | 96 pages, 80 colour illus.

151 x 210 x 9mm | 216g

Landscape is probably the most popular type of painting, but anyone who has ever been disappointed by vacation photographs knows how difficult it is to turn a view into a picture.  This book shows how artists in past centuries translated outdoor space and light into paint, and how landscape imagery evolved from mere ornament into a visual metaphor of the human condition.  The story is told from its beginnings in Roman mural decoration, through the Renaissance transformation of landscape into a vehicle for feelings and ideas, to the Impressionist revolution and beyond.  The continuing relevance of art to how we see the world, and our place in it, is demonstrated through a practical discussion of optics of real and painted landscape, illustrated with works from the National Gallery, London.

 Published by National Gallery, London/Distributed by Yale University Press