Landscape and Memory
Vintage, 1996 - 652 pagina's
A Time Magazine Best Books of the Year. In Landscape and Memory, award-winning author Simon Schama ranges over continents and centuries to reveal the psychic claims that human beings have made on nature. He tells of the Nazi cult of the primeval German forest; the play of Christian and pagan myth in Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers; and the duel between a monumental sculptor and a feminist gadfly on the slopes of Mount Rushmore. The result is a triumphant work of history, naturalism, mythology, and art, as encyclopedic as The Golden Bough and as irresistibly readable as Schama's own Citizens.
"A work of great ambition and enormous intellectual scope...consistently provocative and revealing."--New York Times
"Extraordinary...a summary cannot convey the riches of this book. It will absorb, instruct, and fascinate."--New York Review of Books
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The British artists Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash, for example, have made
works that invoke nature without forcing it ... So the organizing move of the artist
is merely displaced from the hand on the paintbrush to the finger on the shutter.
But five years later a much more spectacular homage to the work was provided
by Philadelphia's most gifted artist, Thomas Eakins, in his painting William Rush
Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River. Devoted as he evidently
13 And when he went on to describe himself and Gray as "lonely lords of glorious
desolate prospects," what he had in mind were the paintings of the seventeenth -
century Neapolitan artist who had become the object of a cult among the ...
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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORYGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - JayLivernois - LibraryThing
I find this a hard book to finish. It is one of those books it seems difficult to get into although the material is interesting and the thought good. Volledige review lezen