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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Attitude to Wild Places, June 15, 2010
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This review is from: Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory: The Development of the Aesthetics of the Infinite (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics) (Paperback)
I paint images of wild places where I have been. To me, they are the most beautiful and uplifting sights I have ever seen. However, visitors to my studio ofter appear ill at ease or uncomfortable in the presence of these paintings. I wanted to know why. I saw this title and bought it and read it to answer the question.

This book really explained the basis and history of the common man's feelings when confronted by mountains. Opinions and attitudes at different times in history are defined and put into the context of contemporary religious, philosophical and literary teaching. The extensive footnotes led me to other sources as well.

From this, I gathered that it is the very infinity of the spaces and the feeling of helplessness that man feels in their presence that creates the Mountain Gloom and the same sublime infinity that is deemed aesthetic that creates the Mountain Glory. However, I could be misinterpreting the author. I still don't understand my visitors' reactions to my images, unfortunately, but I now have more clues.

Beautifully documented and lush with illustrative poetry, a scholarly book to read and reread. I wish it had some visual images however.
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