chapter  3
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The Sublime, the Beautiful, the Picturesque … and the melancholy

Alongside the debates over melancholy’s psychiatric, metaphysical and artistic dimensions is an area of particular relevance to landscape architecture – melancholy as an aesthetic. While the familiar aesthetic conventions of the Sublime, the Beautiful and the Picturesque readily bring to mind a range of exemplars, a melancholy aesthetic lingers at the edges of the familiar.