Landscape in Art


1) To provide students a general reflection on History of Art, based on the
concept of “Landscape”.
2) To understand the transversal dimension of Landscape´s notion, and its
alterations in History of Art.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paula Cristina Ramos Ribeiro Lobo


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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BERQUE, Augustin (dir.). (1994). Cinq propositions pour une théorie du
paysage. Seyssel: Champ Vallon
CLARK, Kenneth. (1969). A Paisagem na Arte. Lisboa: Ulisseia
CAUQUELIN, Anne. (1989). L’Invention du paysage. Paris: Ed. Plon
DeLUE, Rachel Ziady; ELKINS, James. (2008). Landscape Theory. New York /
London: Routledge
MITCHELL, W. J. T.. (2000). Landscape and Power. Chicago: The University of
Chicago Press

Teaching method

This curricular unit is based on sessions that regularly combine an exposition
component and a group debate that addresses each topic of the programme.
The aim of this methodology is to deepen and consolidate the acquired
knowledge and ensure the students´ critical and active involvement in the
discussion of referential texts previously selected by the teacher.

Evaluation method

a final written test(50%), and the elaboration of an individual final essay(50%)

Subject matter

1. The theme of Landscape as introduction to History of Contemporary Art.
2. Old models and new references in natures representation: 17th century
Dutch painting and 18th century English landscape painting.
3. The cult of natural; and landscape art in France: from Michallon to Huet.
The Salon of 1824.
4. Corot’s aesthetical situation.
5. French Academy, images of progress and the exiled from civilisation:
Rousseau, Daubigny, De la Peña and the Barbizon Schools;.
6. Courbet, Millet and the paths of realism. The role of photography in the
assertion of painting’s new values.
7. Painting of everyday life and urban landscape. From utopian plans of the
1840s to Paris’ image as capital of the world;.
8. Manet and Cézanne or painting as sensation and thought.
9. From Mondrian and the “new image of the world” to Surrealism.
10. The place of landscape in the return to figurative order, new realisms and
nature representation.
11. Land Art and the relation to territory.


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