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Reading Genesis after Darwin$
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Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.001.0001

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Science and Religion in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Landscape Art

Science and Religion in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Landscape Art

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(p.111) 7 Science and Religion in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Landscape Art
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Reading Genesis after Darwin
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0007

This chapter identifies the impact of Darwin's discoveries on landscape art. Constable, Friedrich, and the Hudson River school are used to illustrate pre-1858 attitudes; Ruskin, Dyce, and van Gogh post-1860. A pessimistic distancing only slowly gives place to new forms of immanence. A concluding section explores art's continuing interaction with science through theosophical ideas in Mondrian, nuclear physics in Dalí, and Kiefer's protests against all forms of dogmatism.

Keywords:   John Constable, immanence, William Dyce, landscape art, John Ruskin, Mondrian, Hudson River school, Vincent van Gogh, Caspar David Friedrich

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