ARCADIA | PASTORAL LANDSCAPES
OPENING: FEBRUARY 27 | 6 PM TO 9 PM CLOSING: MARCH 19
A pastoral lifestyle is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasture. It lends its name to a genre of literature, art, and music that depicts such life in an idealized manner, typically for urban audiences.
Pastoral landscapes are beautiful rural landscapes, the literary term for which is "locus amoenus" (Latin for "beautiful place"). Pastoral is a mode in which the artist employs various techniques to place the complex life into a simple one.
Pastoral landscapes celebrate the dominion of mankind over nature. The scenes are peaceful, often depicting ripe harvests, lovely gardens, manicured lawns with broad vistas, and fattened livestock. Humans have developed and tamed the landscape - it yields the necessities of life, as well as beauty and safety.