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Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape

Christopher S. Wood
Barcode 9781780230801

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Release Date: 01/03/2013

Genre: Arts & Photography
Label: Reaktion Books
Language: English
Publisher: Reaktion Books

In this revealing study, now available in a revised and expanded new edition, Christopher Wood shows how Altdorfer prised landscape out of its subsidiary role as background for narrative history painting and devotional works to give it a new, independent life of its own.


In the early sixteenth century, Albrecht Altdorfer promoted landscape from its traditional role as background to its new place as the focal point of a picture. His paintings, drawings, and etchings appeared almost without warning and mysteriously disappeared from view just as suddenly. In Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape, Christopher S. Wood shows how Altdorfer transformed what had been the mere setting for sacred and historical figures into a principal venue for stylish draftsmanship and idiosyncratic painterly effects. At the same time, his landscapes offered a densely textured interpretation of that quintessentially German locus--the forest interior. This revised and expanded second edition contains a new introduction, revised bibliography, and fifteen additional illustrations.