Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape
Revised and Expanded Second Edition
Distributed for Reaktion Books
1. Independent Landscape
Where landscape could appear
Landscape and text
Landscape as parergon or by-work
2. Frame and Work
The German artist’s career
Subject and setting
The Landscape study
3. The German Forest
4. Topography and Fiction
The topographical drawing
Style in Altdorfer’s pen-and-ink landscapes
5. The Published Landscape
Order and disorder
Afterword to the Second Edition
List of Illustrations
Checklist of Landscapes
"Christopher Wood’s book will immediately be recognized as a landmark in the art history of Northern Renaissance. An astonishing tour de force of scholarship, it is also written with exhilarating verve and great intellectual power. It offers a wholly persuasive historical account of the emergence of a new genre, but does so without ever robbing the paintings of their formal complexity. Wood's reading of Altdorfer's works represents some the most brilliantly sustained accounts of the origins of landscape to have appeared in many years"
"The well chosen illustrations are a revelation."
"This is an important book that will have a great and positive influence on the study of Northern art, and on the understanding of landscape painting generally."
"A study that is bound to become a standard work."