Events | ‘Our Green and Pleasant Lands’ – The Landscape in Art

Barnsley House Art History Study Day with Arcadia Education

‘Our Green and Pleasant Lands’ The Landscape in Art

  • Location: Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 5EE
  • Date: 17.09.17 | 10:00am – 4:00pm (See timings below)
  • Cost: £55 to include morning coffee & biscuits, a light lunch and tutoring for the day (parking available)
  • Book Now: Contact Katie Nelson on 07720775087
  • Alternatively Sally Barker: Tel. 01285 740000

The genre of the landscape holds a special place in the history of the Western artistic canon. Not established as an official category of art in its own right until the early nineteenth-century; as per the theatrical backdrop, landscape vistas tended to serve as subsidiary settings for Biblical or Mythological subjects in paintings, as epitomised in the work of artistic heavyweights Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. The ‘veduta ideata’, whilst topographically inaccurate, raised awareness as to the pastoral setting as a spiritual vehicle, leading to a fuller celebration of less Arcadian and Utopian visions of the natural world in the eighteenth century in the works of Thomas Gainsborough, for example. Edmund Burke’s seminal treatise ‘A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful’ published in 1757, prompted a more untamed natural setting in paintings, dubbed by the poet Alexander Pope ‘calculate naturalness’. Lord Burlington and his circle paved the way forwards in terms of the Landscape Garden Movement in the eighteenth-century in aping Antiquity in Chiswick with the Palladian mode revisited. It was during nineteenth-century Romanticism, however, that Landscape as a genre in the arts really came to the fore, embodying nostalgic notions of national consciousness and God’s awesome Creation. Spurred on by the contemporary poetry of Wordsworth, Tennyson, Keats et al, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood arguably pre-empted the Impressionists’ preoccupation with en plain airism and a pursuit of ephemerality. With a quick surf through the War Artists’ portrayals of an apocalyptic wasteland in the early twentieth-century, this broad-sweeping panoramic approach to the Landscape as a genre culminates in the epics of that bastion of Britishness, David Hockney.

For further information please contact:

Katie Nelson: 07720775087,

Or: Sally Barker: or Rachel Nelson:

Timings for the day: 

09:30 Arrival & Coffee

10:00 – 11:15 Session 1

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee

11:45 – 13:00 Session 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (provided)

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Cost for the event £55 

To book a place and for payment enquiries please contact Katie Nelson on 07720775087