Sometimes there is more to art than meets the eye, even in landscapes. A picture of a green valley is not only about a valley if the artist intended it as an allegory. In art, allegories express a truth about life or human nature through symbols. As an allegory, a green valley might represent many ideas, such as prosperity or optimism for the future.
Allegorical landscapes are one way that artists express nationalism. The meanings behind such artworks tell fascinating stories about the culture and identity of the countries they depict.
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores; Department of Canadian Heritage; U.S. Department of State
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum