Simon Schama on Anya Gallaccio’s new landscape art

Anya Gallaccio beat. Sculpture Commission 2002 at Tate Britain, 16 September 2002 - 20 January 2003 Courtesy Lehmann Maupin © the artist. Photcredit: Steve White

Landscape art was born out of the tension between the universal and the local. Its first masters – Joachim Patinir and Pieter Bruegel the Elder – limned the earth as if born aloft on angels’ wings, offering to man a glimpse of the godly view.

But as soon as landscape became a gentleman’s pastime, practised according to Henry Peacham‘s Art of Limning (1610), sketching, like collecting, became an act of possession…Read more

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