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The Natural World

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From the earliest times, people have found sustenance and solace, challenge and mystery in the natural world. From representations of animal and vegetable life to landscapes and earthworks, art has been a means by which humans have expressed their awe of, communion with, dependence on, and isolation from nature. Of course, art is never a mere transcription of reality. Every rendering of the natural world is, ultimately, a construction, in which nature is translated through the filter of our own interests, values, and desires.


ART347962, Patinir, Penitence of St. Jerome.jpgThe Penitence of St. Jerome (triptych) Joachim Patinir (Netherlandish, d. 1524)Bridge 197228, Ruisdale, Bleaching GroundBleaching Ground in the Countryside Near HaarlemJacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/9–82)ART378116 Saint George and the DragonSaint George and the DragonAlbrecht Altdorfer (German, 1480–1538)
Bierstadt GlacierPointYosemite Valley, Glacier Point TrailAlbert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830–1902)ART144191, Guo Xi, Early SpringEarly SpringGuo Xi (Kuo Hsi) (Chinese, ca. 1000–1090)
Shipibo Conibo Clay VesselClay Pot Storage Vessel (Masato chomo)Shipibo-Conibo artist, PeruIMG_8324_Gela the Ancient One.JPGGela Mask (The Ancient One)Wee artist, Liberia/Cote d’IvoirePossum Ancestors wapintjanya 1975.tifPossum AncestorsAnatjari (Yanyatjarri) Tjakamarra (Australian, Pintupi language group, ca. 1938–1992)
1980’27’3~01 Falls of the Yosemite.JPGFalls of the YosemiteEadweard Muybridge (British, emigrated to the US, 1830–1904)Corbis,RC001452,Overview of Serpent Mound in Peebles, OhioThe Serpent MoundPossibly Adena culture (500 BCE–200 CE) or Fort Ancient culture (1000 CE–1550 CE)
42-15359626 Spiral Jetty.jpgSpiral JettyRobert Smithson (American, 1938–1973)Wallowa Mts. Memory 2004 Kay WalkingStickWallowa Mountains MemoryKay WalkingStick (American, Cherokee, b. 1935)The Red Ribbon. Former Gabage Dump.jpgThe Red RibbonTurenscape with the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University. Kongjian Yu (Chinese, b. 1963) (principal designer)
ART343481, Frescoed wall with gardenFrescoed Wall from the House of LiviaRoman artistBridge 117745 Suijin Shrine and Massaki on Sumida River .JPGSuijin Shrine and Massaki on Sumida River from One Hundred Famous Views of EdoUtagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)
Corbis42-19375631, People Relaxing by Turtle Pond in Central Park.jpgCentral Park (view of the Turtle Pond)Frederick Law Olmsted (American, 1822–1903) and Calvert Vaux (English, 1824–1895)8. Black Stork in a Landscape 2000.266.jpgBlack Stork in a LandscapeIndia, Lucknow, Uttar PradeshCorbisIH070220 The Pantheon beyond a Bridge at StourheadView of the gardens at Stourhead EstateHenry Hoare II (1705–1785) and Henry Flitcroft (1687–1768) (designers)

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