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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction to a major genre in Western art, 23 Dec 2010
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Jeremy Bevan (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Landscape Painting: The Landscape from Renaissance to Pop (Taschen Basic Genre Series) (Paperback)
This is a fine, concise and compact offering from German art publishing specialist Taschen. Norbert Wolf's introductory essay on how landscape painting is about far more than just an emotional response to the terrain we see before us brings out well the ways in which landscape has functioned in painting as a key to the social and intellectual preoccupations of the age in which a particular work was created. The choice of paintings here is by and large judicious, representative of most of the tendencies and `schools' in Western art - from the Limbourg brothers' Book of Hours illustrations with their blending of cosmic and peasant landscapes, through the idealised `universal' landscapes of Altdorfer and Lorrain, to the increasingly geographically localised, `real' places of Ruisdael and Constable (into whose rural scenes the modern age creeps inexorably). The romantic landscapes of Turner feature, too, while Corot's beautiful, almost ethereal rural idylls lead us on into Impressionist and Symbolist landscapes before the breakdown into abstraction.

Each work is described against its intellectual and cultural backdrop, and set within Wolf's overall schema of the genre's development. There's a full-page, faithfully-coloured reproduction on each page, with both well-known works and the lesser-known. My particular favourite was Elsheimer's `Rest on the Flight into Egypt'. Painted at the time Galileo was first training a telescope on the night sky, it contains the first accurate depiction of a real, as opposed to symbolic, night sky. Overall, then, a delightful little book - and one that would have been perfect were it not for the occasional translation howler from the original German, and some glaring proofreading errors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful insight to Landscape Paintings, 24 Nov 2009
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H Clarke "Plocket" (Staffordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I struggled to find a book showing a variety of landscapes by famous artists, and eventually found this one. It's a lovely insight and some of the paintings are surprising, from artists not normally known for painting landscapes. The prints are good quality, as one would expect from Taschen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 17 Nov 2013
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Good quality book. Would reccommend it to anyone interested in history of landscape painting. I will be using it a lot for research future project work.
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