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The Pragmatic Picturesque: The Philosophy Of Central Park, Gary Shapiro Feb 2011

The Pragmatic Picturesque: The Philosophy Of Central Park, Gary Shapiro

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New York's Central Park is one of the world's iconic works of landscape architecture. The park has achieved global recognition through its representations in film and photography, it is visited by millions every year and every sunny day sees a procession of engaged or newly married couples having their official photographs taken against the background of its picturesque scenery and monumental structures.

In the twenty-first century it may sound slightly odd to consider Central Park as a form of gardening, but the eighteenth-century founders of modern aesthetics and the philosophy of art would have called it a garden ...