Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape (PB)

Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape (PB)



Christopher S. Wood is professor in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University.

The first independent or ‘pure’ landscapes in Western art were produced in southern Germany in the first decades of the sixteenth century. They were painted, drawn and etched by Albrecht Altdorfer of Regensburg and his only slightly less flamboyant contemporary Wolf Huber of Passau. These radical experiments in landscape appeared without advance notice and disappeared from view almost as suddenly.

Altdorfer converted outdoor settings into a theatre for stylish draughtsmanship and extravagant colour effects. At the same time, his landscapes offered a densely textured interpretation of that quintessentially German locus, the forest interior. In this revealing study, now available in a revised and expanded second edition, Christopher S. Wood shows how Altdorfer prised landscape out of its subsidiary role as setting and background for narrative history painting and devotional works, and gave it a new, independent life of its own.

Product Code 1036272
Author Christopher S. Wood
Publisher Reaktion Books
Published February 2014
Format Paperback
Pages 384
Colour Illustrations 70
Dimensions 21.6 x 13.8 cm
ISBN 9781780230801
GTIN 9781780230801
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