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Discussion 7 ~ The Invention of the LandscapeDiscussion 7 ~ The Invention of the Landscape by justanothersomeone
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The Landscape, America's Cathedral
As strange as it is to say, the "landscape" is actually an invention. People didn't alway have the idea that there was a landscape. There was simply land that made up the world. It wasn't until a few centuries ago that this concept began to be created. Once more and more people began to live in cities, and those cities became further and further removed from nature, did this idea arise.
There's a wonderful essay by John Brinckerhoff Jackson that goes deeply into this argument if you're interested. It's a very crucial essay to understanding what the landscape genre really is.
The text is not available online in it's entirety but this link includes majority of the chapter I was referring to "Landscape as Theater" -
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