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The Iconography of Landscape : Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments - Denis E. Cosgrove

The Iconography of Landscape

Essays on the Symbolic Representation, Design and Use of Past Environments

By: Denis E. Cosgrove (Editor), Stephen Daniels (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th December 1989
ISBN: 9780521389150
Number Of Pages: 330

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The Iconography of Landscape draws together fourteen scholars from diverse disciplines to explore the status of landscape as a cultural image. By applying the art-historical method of iconography--interpreting levels of meaning in human artifacts--to landscapes on paper or canvas, in literary form or on the ground, its contributors show how landscape is an important mode of human signification, informed by, and itself informing social, cultural and political issues. The range of examples is wide in terms of medium, period and place. It covers poetry and promotional literature, architectural design and urban ceremonial maps and paintings; the historical periods discussed range from sixteenth-century Italy to twentieth-century Canada. The book is introduced by the editors' discussion of the meanings of landscape and of the iconographic method in the context of contemporary theoretical and methodological debate on culture and society.

'Coherently set core essays best serve the book's central theme, and are likewise the most satisfying scholarly endeavours. The social and political implications of changing landscape imagery emerge in fascinating detail in John Lucas' examination of Wordsworth's and Clare's ambivalence toward the picturesque; in Hugh Prince's reflections on the nostalgic timelessness of rural scenes from Gainsborough and Richard Wilson to Constable and Turner; and, above all, in Daniels' polished chapter on the political iconography of woodland ... Spirited and attentive editing and virtually impeccable bookmaking make this volume a pleasure to read.' David Lowenthal, History Today

Preface
Introduction: iconography and landscape
The geography of Mother Nature
The evocative symbolism of trees
The political iconography of woodland in later Georgian England
Places and dwellings: Wordsworth, Clare and the anti-picturesque
Art and agrarian change, 1710-1815
'Fields of radiance': the scientific and industrial scenes of Joseph Wright
The privation of history: Landseer, Victoria and the Highland myth Trevor
The iconography of nationhood in Canadian art
Rhetoric of the western interior: modes of environmental description in American promotional literature of the nineteenth century
Symbolism, 'ritualism' and the location of crowds in early nineteenth-century English towns
Symbol of the Second Empire: cultural politics and the Paris Opera House
The sphinx in the north: egyptian influences on landscape, architecture and interior design in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scotland
The geometry of landscape: practical and speculative arts in sixteenth-century Venetian land territories
Maps, knowledge, and power
Index
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ISBN: 9780521389150
ISBN-10: 0521389151
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 11th December 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.51