Landscape Philosophy Questions

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      Claude Monet, 1876, 23 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.       

1.  Different works of art present different views of nature. Do you think that nature has a particular essence, such as threatening or peaceful?  Why or why not? Does nature have a particular relationship to human beings? If so, what is it and why do you think so?


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