The Sister Arts - British Gardening, Painting, & Poetry (1700-1832)
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Sublimity in painting often consisted of painting terrifying subjects such as shipwrecks or avalanches. Most often, human figures were presented as tiny, helpless pawns in the grip of the great powers of nature. Mountain scenes with deep crevasses or scenes of ocean and sky are favorite topics of the sublime painter. Dark or vivid colors and extensive use of shadow and contrast are frequent techniques in sublime painting.