This is a fascinating account of the early days of the development of landscape art in 17th century Holland. The book primarily focuses on prints as this was the market that opened up the potential possibilities for the painters. The author provides plenty of background and context for meaning and interpretation of landscape, both at the time and within today's art historical writing.
This is an indepth analysis of the changing attitudes to landscape art, from the middle ages to modern times. Of particular interest is how our perception of both landscape and landscape bawd art today is conditioned by the past.
The second in the Elantra series is imaginative and the storyline well thought through. My main criticism is that Sagara's writing can be verbose and it is easy to get bogged down in the early part of the book. It's when the story line picks up that this improves. A bit of editing would improve this book significantly.