• The Origins of Interest in Aerial Views: A Typical Porter Digression

    (From time to time I have an overwhelming desire to write about my first great love, the History of Western Art. In a sneaky way I thought I would insert yet another small essay, as I had done in my previous post on fortifications, but ideas and pictures kept popping into my head at such a rate that I decided to make this survey of dreaming to fly a separate post – for the joy of it, as a distraction from the plague, and as an Easter 2020 celebration.)   The earliest episode of people looking at landscape from on high as something significant, created and occupied by human beings,…