Synopses & Reviews
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.
Martin Warnkes Political Landscape shows how every human intercession in the landscape, from the simplest ditch to the most intricate monument, reveals a political decision or design.
"Written in a most engaging, highly readable way with a wide-ranging mass of illustrations rich enough to operate as individual visual essays."Chris Stephens, Art Book
"[T]his book makes an important addition to landscape literature. Political Landscape is a valuable resource for students of landscape painting, environmental history, and any who are interested in the ways in which nature has been manipulated by people."Cynthia Ott, Art Documentation
Martin Warnke is Professor of Art History at the University of Hamburg, Germany. His previous books include The Court Artist.
About the Author
Martin Warnke is Professor of Art History at the University of Hamburg. His previous book The Court Artist was first published in 1985.
Table of Contents
1. The Occupation of the Plain
2. Hills and Castles
3. From Battlefield to War Landscape
4. Nature's Freedom as Political Freedom
5. Natural Forces and Natural Forms
6. Political Nature Imagery
List of Illustrations