Technologies of the Picturesque
British Art, Poetry, and Instruments 1750-1830
Technologies of the Picturesque is an original study of how art and technology mutually align their representations of nature in order to transform land into intelligible landscapes. Ron Broglio explores three technologies in eighteenth-century Britain whose influences on the picturesque aesthetic has been overlooked: cartography, meteorology, and animal breeding. He traces how these scientific fields influence the works of Wordsworth, Gilpin, Constable, Gainsborough and other key figures of the period. Broglio argues that technology and interior experience of the poetic subject overlap in their means and methods of removing the viewer from nature, while presenting the land as a comprehensive object.
About the author:
Ron Broglio is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute for Technology's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture where he teaches eighteenth-century and British Romantic litearture as well as animal studies.