ERIC Number: ED183474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Interrelationships Between Landscape Art and Geography in Latin America: First Response to a Challenge.
Martinson, Tom L.
Interrelationships between geography and art are explored and ways of integrating an appreciation of landscape art in Latin America into geography instruction are suggested. That geographers have long recognized the usefulness of landscape painting in the study of places is exemplified by the remark by geographer John Leighly in 1937 that "art provides the largest body of instructive material available to the student of cultural landscapes." Within the Latin American context, the potential for helping students appreciate geography through landscape art is particularly strong because the environment is dramatic and extremely varied and because there is a long tradition of describing life and scenery in Latin America through art and literature. In 1804, Alexander Von Humboldt produced 30 volumes of reportorial and field studies on Latin America. He maintained, however, that a truer vision of Latin America could be presented through art. European artists who were inspired by Humboldt and other geographers and adventurers to paint landscapes of Latin America include Ferdinand Bellermann, Edward Hildebrandt, and Johann Moritz Rugendas. The conclusion is, as stated by geographer Ronald Rees in 1973, "landscape paintings, if cautiously interpreted, are an invaluable source for the historical geographer, and one that ought to be tapped more consistently." (Author/DB)
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