September 27, 2010
It’s said that the history of art could be described as a continuous succession of separate styles, each of them progressing from a beginning to a culmination and ultimate decline . Landscape painting was thought to have followed such a pattern. Landscape decor has once flourished in the antiquity, mainly in the form of frescoes as decoration of houses and palaces. In the Mid- Ages, landscape pictures were not much appreciated anymore because no one had a proper appreciation for nature or the ability to transform it into art. The whole purpose of image was to serve the teachings of the Church. The depiction of nature was relegated merely to the backgrounds of religious paintings and illuminated manuscripts . Early Christian art made use of pictorial conventions inherited from antiquity. Every element in the painting had a symbolic and allegorical meaning. The Italian Renaissance stimulated an interest in the relationship between human being and nature, which developed a new zest for nature. The science of perspective and topography also demanded a completely new method of studying nature. It is at that time when artists started to step out of their studios and observe nature with their own eyes.
- 16th century, Joachim Patinir: the world landscape
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