Jos de Mul. NextNature. Sublime natural and technological landscapes. Lecture at the Department of Urban Design. Wuhan University. Wuhan, May 24, 2015.
The development of the representation of the landscape in Europe since the 14th century Renaissance can be understood as a mirror of the development of modern and postmodern Western culture as a whole. After sketching the development of landscape representation in modern and postmodern Europe, the article focuses on the theme of sublimity, which, at least since the era of Romanticism, has been inherent to the European experience and representation of the landscape, both in its successive natural and in its technological manifestation. Against this background, the paper also discusses some striking differences between the European and the Asian landscape.