This unit focuses on landscapes.  The three landscapes you will look at are all very different from one another, being produced in different countries and employing different artistic mediums.  Still, the focus is on thinking about what a landscape portrays and how the natural world is depicted.  As usual, after questions on each work, there are a set of general philosophical questions, this time about nature and our relationship to it as human beings.

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Jacob van Ruisdael, 1628/9? - 1682 A Landscape with a Ruined Castle and a Church about 1665-70 Oil on canvas, 109 x 146 cm Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876 NG990            1. What features strike you in this painting? 2. How is nature depicted in this sea- and landscape? 3. Can you tell that this painting is by a Japanese painter? How? What is the significance of your answer?


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