Let's learn about the history of landscape painting.
In Western art, landscapes have been depicted beginning in ancient times. The Greeks and Romans created wall paintings of garden scenes and landscapes. By the fall of the Roman Empire however, the tradition of representing pure scenery was reduced. The landscape became more of a backdrop for figural and religious scenes. Though landscape painting was not an individual genre, by the Renaissance depictions of the countryside began to emerge as a background in more compositions. Venice witnessed the emergence of landscape elements by the late 15th and early 16th centuries with the work of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione. By the mid-16th century artists in Northern Europe also began to utilize scenery in their artwork. The great Netherlandish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder, for example, specialized in colorful, highly detailed landscapes. By the 17th century, a well-defined genre of landscape painting was established. Many prominent artists specialized in this genre particularly in the countries of France and the Netherlands. By subsequent centuries, artists were known for their own versions of the countryside, gardens, and nature in general.
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