Imagining the Pacific in the Wake of the Cook Voyages

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Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, 1992 - Art - 262 pages
Explores in more depth the issues first dealt with in European Vision and the South Pacific. Smith continues his examination of how European artists and scientists travelling to the Pacific during the time of Cook's voyages were stimulated to see the world in new and creative ways. In analysing intensely personal responses to a newly accessible environment, Smith shows how science, topography and travel had an impact on current pictorial genres, how an empirical naturalism affected long-standing classical conventions, and how difficult it was for the artists to portray people and places they knew little about.

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Art in the Service of Science and Travel
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The Intellectual and Artistic Framework of Captain Cooks Voyages
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Art as Information
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