Arts Surveys
Landscape Painting,#060
(Booklet and 20 slides)
Landscape painting in Europe first served as a vehicle for religious symbolism and later emerged as the setting for religious, mythological, literary, and historical subjects. Dutch painters of the seventeenth century were among the first artists to specialize in landscape, treating it as a subject in its own right. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it became increasingly popular and has continued as a favored subject for numerous twentieth century painters. This slide program provides an overview of landscape paintings in the National Gallery, focusing on twenty examples ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.