Preferred landscapes are characterized by coherence and legibility: terrain that provides orientation and invites exploration.
Denis Dutton, 2009.
According to the Savanna Hypothesis, human beings are attracted by landscapes of “prospect and refuge” as provided by open space that includes groupings of bushes or trees, flowering plants, water and evidence of animal life. Suggestions of infinity and elements of mystery typically increase the human interest in and the emotional response to what they see—whether painted or real.
Keywords: desirable landscapes, grand vistas, longing and beauty, psychology.
Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human Evolution. Bloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; pp. 19-21.