Chapter 2

Monoscapes

art

The Darker Side of the Landscape

The term ‘landscape’ first entered the English language from the Netherlands in the 16th century, at the time when the Dutch were actively manipulating and redesigning their lands with new engineering methods for drainage. Landschap, like the German landschaft, meant both a place where people lived, as well as a pleasing object. Landscapes have inspired painters and poets in all cultures, and their designs have made many a view famous, even iconic. Great movements have emerged, and we celebrate beauty and perfection. Often the representations themselves have gained worldwide recognition, and ...

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