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Political landscape: the art history of nature

Political landscape: the art history of nature

Warnke, Martin, 1937-

We all know what "the political landscape" is, and politicians and journalists never tire of referring to it. But in this ingenious and original book, Martin Warnke takes that well-worn metaphor literally and uses it to reveal just how politicized the real landscape of continental Europe has been for centuries. The author finds his evidence of humanity's intervention in nature in the form of monuments and milestones, gardens, roads and border crossings, in landscape paintings and maps – even, in fact, in the anthropomorphic interpretations once given to formations of hills and rocks.The Political Landscape is underpinned with a fascinating array of examples and illustrations, many of which will be new even to experts in the art of landscape and related disciplines

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Reaktion, 1994
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Statement of responsibility: Martin Warnke
ISBN: 0948462620, 0948462639, 9780948462627, 9780948462634
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Language note: Translated from the German.
Physical Description: 165p. : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Series: Essays in art and culture
Subject: Landscape painting History and criticism.; Nature; Art History; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature Effect of human beings on History.; Landscape; Landscape in art History.; Landscape Political aspects.; Landscape History.


  1. Preface
  2. 1. The Occupation of the Plain
  3. 2. Hills and Castles
  4. 3. From Battlefield to War Landscape
  5. 4. Nature's Freedom as Political Freedom
  6. 5. Natural Forces and Natural Forms
  7. 6. Political Nature Imagery
  8. Conclusion
  9. References
  10. List of Illustrations

Author note

Martin Warnke is Professor of Art History at the University of Hamburg. His previous book The Court Artist was first published in 1985.