A Closer Look: Landscape

A Closer Look: Landscape


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Landscape is probably the most popular type of painting, but anyone who has ever been disappointed by dull holiday snapshots will know how difficult it is to turn a view into a picture. This book shows how artists in past centuries translated outdoor space and light into paint, and how landscape imagery evolved from mere ornament into a visual metaphor of the human condition. The story is told from its beginnings in Roman mural decoration, through the Renaissance transformation of landscape into a vehicle for feelings and ideas, to the Impressionist revolution and beyond. The continuing relevance of art to how we see the world, and our place in it, is demonstrated through a practical discussion of optics of real and painted landscape, illustrated with works from the National Gallery, London.

Landscape is the latest title in the National Gallery’s Closer Look series, in which acknowledged experts write for a wide audience on themes in European painting.


Erika Langmuir OBE (1931–2015) was educated in France and the United States. She taught at the University of Sussex and held the Chair of Art History at the Open University. She was Head of Education at the National Gallery, London from 1988 to 1995 and was the author of the National Gallery Companion Guide and several titles in the Closer Look series, including Allegory, Angels, Saints and Still Life.

Product Code 1044363
Author Erika Langmuir OBE
Colour illustrations 80
Dimensions 21 x 14.8 mm
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781857096163
Pages 96
Published February 2018
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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