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Title The Iconography of landscape : essays on the symbolic representation, design, and use of past environments / edited by Denis Cosgrove and Stephen Daniels
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988


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 WATERFT ART&ARCH  719.09 Cos/Iol  DUE 03-06-22
Description ix, 318 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in historical geography ; 9
Cambridge studies in historical geography ; 9
Contents Introduction : iconography and landscape / Stephen Daniels and Denis Cosgrove -- The geography of Mother Nature / Peter Fuller -- The evocative symbolism of trees / Douglas Davies -- The political iconography of woodland in later Georgian England / Stephen Daniels -- Places and dwellings : Wordsworth, Clare and the anti-picturesque / John Lucas -- Art and agrarian change, 1710-1815 / Hugh Prince -- "Fields of radiance" : the scientific and industrial scenes of Joseph Wright / David Fraser -- The privation of history : Landseer, Victoria and the Highland myth / Trevor R. Pringle -- The iconography of nationhood in Canadian art / Brian S. Osbourne -- Rhetoric of the western interior : modes of environmental description in American promotional literature of the nineteenth century / G. Malcolm Lewis
Symbolism, "ritualism" and the location of crowds in early nineteenth-century English towns / Mark Harrison -- Symbol of the Second Empire : cultural politics and the Paris Opera House / Penelope Woolf -- The sphinx in the north : Egyptian influences on landscape, architecture and interior design in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scotland / Eric Grant -- The geometry of landscape : practical and speculative arts in sixteenth-century Venetian land territories / Denis Cosgrove -- Maps, knowledge, and power / J.B. Harley
Summary "The Iconography of Landscape draws together fourteen scholars from diverse disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to explicate the status of landscape as a cultural image, 'a pictorial way of representing, structuring or symbolising surroundings'. 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 its 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 include sixteenth-century Italy, eighteenth-century England, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scotland and 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 debates on culture and society". --Publisher
Analysis Western world Landscape Cultural aspects, 1500-1900
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographies and index
Subject Arts and society.
Arts, Modern -- Themes, motives.
Landscape architecture -- Philosophy.
Landscapes in art.
Landscapes in literature.
Nature (Aesthetics)
Nature in art.
Author Cosgrove, Denis E.
Daniels, Stephen.
LC no. 87017205
ISBN 0521324378
0521389151 (paperback)